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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.

 

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....

 

With the understanding that seat belts are a relatively low-cost safety device and are an easy primary protection for occupants in passenger vehicles, North Dakota has chosen to continue to measure seat belt use on non-interstate rural roads. Understanding tendencies and trends in seat belt use on these...

 

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...

 

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

 
Truck Crash Facts (Dec 2014, Issue Brief)

Trucks are an important mode of economic connectivity in rural states like North Dakota. The size/mass difference between 80,000 pound trucks and 4,000 pound passenger vehicles, along with operational differences such as acceleration/deceleration times and turning radiuses, heighten risk for crash e...

 

The sharp increase in travel volumes, shift in traffic mix, and large increases in crashes have transformed the travel environment in the oil region of western North Dakota. Roads once used for local access and agricultural purposes now mostly serve expanding oil production. Oil companies, workers, commercial...

 
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