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California Traffic Safety Quick Stats



Traffic fatalities increased 1.2 percent from 2,966 in 2012 to 3,000 in 2013.

The 2012 Mileage Death Rate (MDR) – fatalities per 100 million miles traveled is 0.91, and marks the fifth time California has been below 1.0. California is much better than the national 1.09 MDR.*

Alcohol-Impaired Driving


Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities (fatalities in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher) increased from 829 in 2012 to 867 in 2013.

Alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate for 2011 remained at the 2010 rate of 0.24. California’s rate is much better than the national average of 0.33. Of the five largest states in terms of total traffic fatalities, (CA, FL, TX, PA, and NC), California has the best rate.*

As a percent of total fatalities, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities remained the same in 2012 and 2009 at 29 percent. This number has remained virtually unchanged in the past four years. California is better than the national average of 31 percent.

Drug-Impaired Driving


Twenty-nine percent of all drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes, who were tested, tested positive for legal and/or illegal drugs. This percentage has been increasing every year since 2006.

Occupant Protection


The percent of restrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities (all seat positions) decreased from 67 percent in 2012 to 66 percent in 2013. California is much better than the national average of 51 percent and no state is better than California. NHTSA estimates that about half or 249 of the 498 known unrestrained fatalities would be alive today had they simply buckled up.

Passenger vehicle occupant fatalities (age 0-8) decreased 26.2 percent from 42 in 2012 to 31 in 2013.

Motorcycle Safety


Motorcycle fatalities increased 1.4 percent from 447 in 2012 to 453 in 2013.

Motorcycle fatalities per 100,000 motorcycle registrations increased slightly from 52 in 2012 to 53 in 2013.
The percentage of motorcycle operators killed with a BAC of 0.08 or greater increased from 23 percent in 2012 to 24 percent in 2013.

The percentage of motorcycle operators killed that were improperly licensed increased from 29 percent in 2012 to 32 percent in 2013.

Teen Safety


Drivers age 20 or younger involved in fatal crashes increased 5.5 percent from 330 in 2012 to 349 in 2013.

Teen motor vehicle fatalities (age 16-19) increased 11.8 percent from 180 in 2012 to 204 in 2013.

Teen driver fatalities (age 16-19) decreased 11.4 percent from 79 in 2012 to 70 in 2013. Males make up 78 percent of teen driver fatalities.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety


Pedestrian fatalities increased 6.9 percent from 653 in 2012 to 701 in 2013.

Pedestrian fatalities age 65 and older increased 7.6 percent from 159 in 2012 to 172 in 2013.

Bicycle fatalities increased 8.6 percent from 129 in 2012 to 141 in 2013.

Previous Years


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