Traffic Safety Facts: County Profiles 2013

June 01, 2014

Each year, the IU Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the Indiana Criminal Institute and the Governor's Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving, analyzes vehicle crash data from the Automated Reporting Information Exchange System (ARIES) maintained by the Indiana State Police.

Research findings are summarized in annual series of fact sheets on traffic collisions and in the annual Indiana Crash Fact Book. These publications serve as the analytical foundation of traffic safety program planning and design in Indiana.

Here is a sample of our findings for Indiana collisions in 2013 (released in June/July 2014):

County Profiles: In 2013 in Indiana, there were 193,013 total collisions reported by law enforcement officers -- an increase of 4,172 from 2012. Among total collisions, 703 were classified as fatal, resulting in 777 fatalities. An additional 45,300 persons were known to be injured.
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Motorcycles: After peak numbers of motorcycle collisions and fatal motorcycle collisions in 2012, the number of fatal collisions decreased 23 percent, to 113.
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Alcohol: In 2013, there were 114 fatal alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana (16 percent of all fatal collisions).
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Occupant Protection: The overall Indiana observed seat belt use rate in 2013 was 91.6 percent, up 10 percentage points since 2004. Additionally, 41,589 passenger vehicle occupants were injured or killed in Indiana traffic collisions; 88 percent were wearing safety restraints.
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Children: A total of 3,399 children (ages 0 to 14) were killed or injured in Indiana motor vehicle collisions. Approximately 6 percent of children involved in crashes in the state were killed (35 fatalities) or experienced incapacitating injuries.
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Dangerous Driving: In 2013, 24,768 of the 193,013 traffic collisions (13 percent) that occurred in Indiana involved one or more actions defined as dangerous driving (aggressive driving, disregarding a signal, or speeding).
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Young Drivers: There were 39,795 young drivers involved in collisions -- a 4.6 percent annual decline. Additionally, 101 young drivers were involved in fatal collisions in 2013, a 21 percent decrease from the 128 involved in fatal collisions in 2012.
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Trucks: Of the 193,013 reported collisions in Indiana in 2013, 6 percent involved large trucks and 44 percent involved light trucks.
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