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Office of Traffic Safety

California Traffic Safety Quick Stats

Overall

 

Traffic fatalities increased 7 percent from 3,387 in 2015 to 3,623 in 2016.

The 2015 Mileage Death Rate (MDR) – fatalities per 100 million miles traveled – is 1.01.

Alcohol-Impaired Driving

 

Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities (fatalities in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of 0.08 or higher) increased from 911 in 2015 to 1,059 in 2016.

Drug-Impaired Driving

 

In 2016, 15% percent of all drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes, who were tested, tested positive for legal and/or illegal drugs.

Occupant Protection

 

Unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities in all seating positions increased 3 percent from 568 in 2015 to 586 in 2016.

Motorcycle Safety

 

Motorcycle fatalities increased 11 percent from 494 in 2015 to 548 in 2016.

Motorcyclist deaths from not wearing a helmet increased 9 percent from 23 in 2015 to 25 in 2016.

Teen Safety

 

Teen motor vehicle fatalities (age 16-19) increased 2.7 percent from 219 in 2015 to 225 in 2016.

Teen driver fatalities (age 16-19) increased 12.3 percent from 98 In 2015 to 110 in 2016.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

 

Pedestrian fatalities increased 5.9 percent from 819 in 2015 to 867 in 2016.

Pedestrian fatalities age 65 and older increased 13 percent from 193 in 2015 to 218 in 2016.

Bicycle fatalities increased 8.1 percent from 136 in 2015 to 147 in 2016.

Previous Years

 

*Data Source ' Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS)
**Data Source ' Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)