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California Traffic Safety Quick Stats



Traffic fatalities decreased 1.1 percent from 3,107 in 2013 to 3,074 in 2014.

The 2013 Mileage Death Rate (MDR) – fatalities per 100 million miles traveled is 0.91.

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) decreased from 883 in 2013 to 882 in 2014.

Alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate for 2013 is 0.27. California’s rate is much better than the national average of 0.34. 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 increasd from 28 percent in 2013 to 29 percent in 2014. This number has remained virtually unchanged in the past four years. California is better than the national average of 31 percent.

Drug-Impaired Driving


In 2013, 32 percent of all drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes, who were tested, tested positive for legal and/or illegal drugs.

Occupant Protection


The percent of restrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities (all seat positions) increased from 66 percent in 2013 to 67 percent in 2014. California is much better than the national average of 61 percent. NHTSA estimates that 65 of the 470 known unrestrained fatalities would be alive today had they simply buckled up.

Passenger vehicle occupant fatalities (age 0-4) increased 50 percent from 14 in 2013 to 21 in 2014.

Motorcycle Safety


Motorcycle fatalities increased 12.1 percent from 463 in 2013 to 519 in 2014

Motorcycle fatalities per 100,000 motorcycle registrations increased from 54 in 2013 to 60 in 2014.
The percentage of motorcycle operators killed with a BAC of 0.08 or greater increased from 23 percent in 2013 to 28 percent in 2014.

The percentage of motorcycle operators killed that were improperly licensed decreased from 33 percent in 2013 to 32 percent in 2014.

Teen Safety


Teen motor vehicle fatalities (age 16-19) increased 1.9 percent from 216 in 2013 to 220 in 2014.

Teen driver fatalities (age 16-19) increased 26.4 percent from 72 in 2013 to 91 in 2014. Males make up 76.9 percent of teen driver fatalities.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety


Pedestrian fatalities decreased 5 percent from 734 in 2013 to 697 in 2014.

Pedestrian fatalities age 65 and older increased 2.2 percent from 179 in 2013 to 183 in 2014.

Bicycle fatalities decreased 12.9 percent from 147 in 2013 to 128 in 2014.

Previous Years


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