California Traffic Safety Quick Stats

Overall

  • Traffic fatalities increased 7 percent from 3,387 in 2015 to 3,623 in 2016.
  • The 2015 Mileage Death Rate (MDR) – fatalities per 100 million miles traveled – is 1.01.

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) increased from 911 in 2015 to 1,059 in 2016.

Drug-Impaired Driving

  • In 2016, 15% percent 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 increased 3 percent from 568 in 2015 to 586 in 2016.

Motorcycle Safety

  • Motorcycle fatalities increased 11 percent from 494 in 2015 to 548 in 2016.
  • Motorcyclist deaths from not wearing a helmet increased 9 percent from 23 in 2015 to 25 in 2016.

Teen Safety

  • Teen motor vehicle fatalities (age 16-19) increased 2.7 percent from 219 in 2015 to 225 in 2016.
  • Teen driver fatalities (age 16-19) increased 12.3 percent from 98 In 2015 to 110 in 2016.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

  • Pedestrian fatalities increased 5.9 percent from 819 in 2015 to 867 in 2016.
  • Pedestrian fatalities age 65 and older increased 13 percent from 193 in 2015 to 218 in 2016.
  • Bicycle fatalities increased 8.1 percent from 136 in 2015 to 147 in 2016.

Previous Years

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

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