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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Media Contact: Sunni Brown
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6834

DMV Highway Safety Office Publishes 2018 Crash Statistics
Overall Crash Fatalities Decreased in Virginia Last Year; Alcohol-Related Fatalities among Categories on the Rise

RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' (DMV) Highway Safety Office is announcing 2018 crash statistics. The final numbers are now available for analysis in the DMV's state-of-the-art automated Traffic Records Electronic Data System (TREDS), the Commonwealth's central repository for crash data and related information.

For the first time since 2014, the number of overall crash fatalities in the Commonwealth decreased, with 819 fatalities reported, compared to 843 in 2017. Although a 4-percent decrease, the number is still far higher than 2014's record low number of crash fatalities (700). Several categories of crash types reported increases in fatalities, including alcohol-related fatalities, teen driver-related fatalities, speed-related fatalities, and pedestrian fatalities.

"Any time the number of people killed in senseless crashes goes down instead of up, that's a good thing. However, we still have a long way to go toward our goal of reaching zero fatalities in Virginia," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "Just four years ago, we were able to save 119 more lives on our roadways than we could this year. I challenge Virginians to drive the numbers even lower this year. Everyone can do their part by following the posted speed limit, focusing behind the wheel, always buckling up, and never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol."


Category

2017

2018

Percentage Change

Alcohol-Related Fatalities

248

278

+12%

Teen Driver-Related Fatalities (Ages 15-19)

57

70

+23%

Speed-Related Fatalities

318

339

+7%

Pedestrian Fatalities

114

123

+8%

Unrestrained Fatalities

308

298

-3%

Distracted Driving-Related Fatalities

208

126*

-39%*

Motorcyclist Fatalities

107

88

-18%

Mature Driver-Related Fatalities

200

179

-11%

Bicyclist Fatalities

13

13

0%

*In 2018, there was a change in the way distraction-involved crashes are reported to DMV, which is a factor in the difference in the number of fatalities resulting from these crashes between 2017 and 2018.

TREDS is Virginia's "one-stop-shop" for accurate, timely, and detailed highway safety information for analysis and reporting. TREDS data is used to save lives - specifically, to support Virginia's efforts to reduce crashes, injuries, fatalities, and associated costs. The public gained access to TREDS through DMV's website for the first time in 2011, and now citizens can search for even more specific, usable data. No personal driver information is published.

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