Traffic Safety Facts: County Profiles 2014

October 08, 2015

Each year, the IU Public Policy Institute partners with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Traffic Safety Division and the Governor's Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving, to analyze vehicle crash data from the Automated Reporting Information Exchange System (ARIES) maintained by the Indiana State Police.

Research findings are summarized in an annual series of fact sheets, a book of county profiles, and the Indiana Crash Fact Book covering various characteristics and contributing factors of traffic collisions. 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 2014 (released in June/July 2015):

Alcohol: In 2014, there were 94 fatal alcohol-impaired crashes, resulting in 101 fatalities in Indiana.
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Children: From 2010 to 2014, the number of children killed in Indiana traffic collisions decreased 9 percent annually. Between 2013 and 2014, the total number of child fatalities in crashes fell by 43 percent, from 35 to 20.
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Commercial vehicles: From 2010 to 2014, commercial vehicle collisions increased annually about 5 percent. From 2013 to 2014, collisions involving large trucks or buses increased 23 percent each.
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County Profiles: In 2014 in Indiana, there were 205,532 total collisions reported by law enforcement officers -- an increase of 12,327 from 2013. Among total collisions, 702 were classified as fatal, resulting in 743 fatalities. An additional 46,357 persons were known to be injured.
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Dangerous Driving: The annual count of Indiana collisions involving dangerous driving increased for the second consecutive year (from 24,794 collisions in 2013 to 31,216 collisions in 2014). Dangerous driving collisions accounted for 15.2 percent of all Indiana crashes in 2014, a 2.4 percentage point increase from 2013.
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Motorcycles: From 2010 to 2014, fatalities per 100,000 motorcycle registrations increased slightly from 55 to 58, while injuries per 100,000 registrations dropped from 1,399 to 1,287.
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Non-motorists: Eighty-nine non-motorists were killed in 2014 collisions, representing 12 percent of all Indiana traffic fatalities.
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Occupant protection: Of the 304,345 passenger vehicle occupants involved in 2014 Indiana traffic collisions, 91 percent were wearing seat belts. Only 47 percent of people killed in passenger vehicles were wearing seat belts.
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Young drivers: Young driver involvement in Indiana motor vehicle collisions has improved over the last five years. In 2010, there were 45,507 young drivers involved in collisions; by 2014, this decreased to 40,460 young drivers involved -- a 2.9 percent average annual decline.
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