Research: Many traffic tragedies could be prevented

December 20, 2007

With holiday travels at hand and more of us on the road, remember that simple precautions might save your life. A research team at the Indiana University Center for Urban Policy and the Environment has just released 2006 Indiana Crash Facts, a book summarizing a series of reports on traffic safety for Indiana, reports that include some disturbing statistics.

''We all hear about the importance of seat belts, alcohol, and speeding, but some people don't realize that these behaviors are tied to alarming statistics,'' said Sam Nunn, director of Criminal Justice Research at the Indiana University Center for Urban Policy and the Environment and professor at SPEA.

''If we could eliminate three problems -- driving under the influence of alcohol, seat belt violations, and speeding -- serious accidents would drop drastically,'' said Nunn.