Every 23 seconds someone dies on the road. According to the World Health Organization, there are 1.35 million road traffic deaths each year, and more than half of these deaths are pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. In the United States, more than 100 people die and more than 8,400 people are injured each day in road traffic crashes. In 2017, major risk factors for road traffic deaths in the U.S. included:
- Drunk driving, which contributed to more than 10,800 crash deaths.
- Not using seat belts, car seats, and booster seats, which contributed to over 10,000 crash deaths.
- Speeding, which contributed to more than 9,700 crash deaths.
CDC's Injury Center encourages everyone to #SPEAKUP and be a leader for road safety. Help us raise awareness. Report any local road safety risks or concerns to keep our roads safe.