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North Dakota crash reports show that nearly 82% of fatal crashes occurred on non-interstate rural roads over the past five years. A total of 5,535 driver observations were collected at 143 sites across 24 rural counties. Seat belt use was found to be significantly different on rural highways and in rural...

 

The 24/7 Sobriety Program is an intervention strategy mandating that impaired driving offenders remain sober as a condition of bond or pre-trial release. The goal is to monitor the most at-risk offenders in North Dakota and require that these individuals remain sober in order to keep roadways safe from...

 

The statewide driver traffic safety survey provides baseline metrics for the Safety Division and others to use in understanding perceptions and self-reported behaviors related to focus issues. A core set of questions addresses nationally agreed upon priorities, including seat belts, impaired driving...

 

Trucks are a vital part of the logistics system in North Dakota. Recent energy developments have generated exponential growth in the demand for truck services. With increased density of trucks in the traffic mix, it is reasonable to expect some increase in the number of crashes. Analysis shows however...

 

From 2009-2014, an average of 43% of fatal crashes involved impaired drivers with a high of 55% in 2013 and a low of 28% in 2009. Impairment in injury crashes averaged 12%, ranging from 10%-14% annually.

 
ND Traffic Safety: Oil Counties (Feb 2016, Issue Brief)

Sharp increases in travel volumes, shifts in traffic mix, and large increases in crashes have transformed the travel environment in the 17-county oil region of Western North Dakota in recent years. The area experienced an economic boom due to energy industry expansion, and although rates of oil production...

 

Occupant seat belt use in fatal and injury crashes is considerably lower than conventional use reported by NHTSA. From 2009 - 2014, North Dakota's average occupant use in fatal crashes was 26% and in injury crashes, 68%.

 
Speeding in Fatal and Injury Crashes (Feb 2016, Issue Brief)

The share of injury crashes involving speed remained relatively stable from 2009-2014. Fatal speed-related crashes had more variation over the same time but have trended downward since 2010.

 

Novice drivers are a focus in traffic safety program efforts because of their relatively high crash risk. The National Safety Council Alive at 25 course has been used by several states to promote teen driver safety. In a sample of 6,640 class participants, drivers had fewer crashes, traffic-related citations...

 

North Dakota's rural roads provide vital social and commercial links for a widely dispersed population. The safety of these roadways is paramount in managing traffic assets to enhance the state's livability. Approximately three-quarters of the state's travel, in vehicle miles, takes place on rural roads....

 
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