California Traffic Safety Quick Stats

Overall

  • Traffic fatalities decreased 8.3% from 3,884 in 2017 to 3,563 in 2018.
  • The 2017 Mileage Death Rate (MDR) – fatalities per 100 million miles traveled – is 1.13.

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) decreased 6.8% from 1,147 in 2017 to 1,069 in 2018.

Drug-Impaired Driving

  • In 2018, 42% 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 decreased 4.3% from 625 in 2017 to 598 in 2018.

Motorcycle Safety

  • Motorcycle fatalities decreased 15.57% from 578 in 2017 to 488 in 2018.
  • Motorcyclist deaths from not wearing a helmet decreased 33% from 45 in 2017 to 30 in 2018.

Teen Safety

  • Teen motor vehicle fatalities (age 16-19) increased 21.4% from 168 in 2017 to 204 in 2018.
  • Teen Driver fatalities (age 16-19) decreased 15% from 106 in 2017 to 90 in 2018.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

  • Pedestrian fatalities decreased 5% from 940 in 2017 to 893 in 2018.
  • Pedestrian fatalities age 65 and older increased from 194 in 2017 to 195 in 2018.
  • Bicycle fatalities increased 6.89% from 145 in 2017 to 155 in 2018.

Previous Years

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