Wisconsin – Fatal Car Crash Statistics
In 2015, there were 566 fatal, vehicle-related crashes in Wisconsin. This is equivalent to 9.81 fatalities per 100,000 people in the state. It is an increase of 60 deaths from the prior year. In the four year span of 2011 to 2015, an average of 549 people died in fatal car accidents. As with most other states, the majority of fatalities are the result of poor driving habits like speeding, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and distracted driving. The ultimate goal is to reduce vehicle fatalities to zero.
Fatal accidents occurred at a significantly higher rate in rural areas compared to urban areas. There were 360 fatalities in rural settings in 2015 and 205 in urban locations. One accident was designated to have taken place in an unknown location. Accidents in which the occupants were wearing a seat belt (restraint) or not wearing a seat belt was about equal, and there were about 45 fatalities where seat belt usage was undetermined.
Alcohol and speeding top the list of causes of vehicle-related fatalities and young, inexperienced drivers made up a small number (77) of the fatalities on record in Wisconsin. A very small portion of fatalities in the state involved children under the age of 4-years old. This shows it has made progress in making sure that young riders are secured in the correct seat and restraint to prevent death and injury to them.
Wisconsin’s Zero Campaign
Wisconsin has started a “Zero” campaign to show that by changing driving habits, drivers won’t cause harm to others or themselves. The campaign means that zero is the only real acceptable number of fatalities from traffic accidents. It is a method to get citizens, law enforcement, and legislators to work together to prevent accidents and save lives.
Wisconsin is working hard to make sure that all citizens are safe while traveling on roads within the state. Legislators and law enforcement have taken the stance that operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will make you regret your poor judgment. It hopes that by implementing stiff penalties for those that violate the law, the shame and expense of dealing with penalties and fines will prevent anyone from committing an offense. There is also the expense of having an ignition interlock placed in vehicles will make anyone think twice about drinking or using drugs and getting behind the wheel of a car. Wisconsin encourages people to take a cab, use public transportation, or call a friend for a ride if they have had too much to drink. This state has placed the responsibility of using good judgment to its citizens.