Maryland has continued to make progress towards reducing motor vehicle fatalities and injuries despite increases in population and vehicle miles of travel.
While Maryland’s total number of traffic fatalities has dropped (651 in 2006 to 511 in 2012), the frequency of alcohol and/or drug impaired fatal crashes has not (171 in 2008, 177 in 2010, and 173 in 2012). In addition, Maryland’s seatbelt usage rate has remained fairly constant at a level of higher than 90% for several years.
Maryland would like to continue making a difference!
The theory is that the some of the roadway crashes are being caused by individuals who engage in risky driving behaviors. Through the Maryland Annual Driving Survey, researchers have the ability to identify risky behaviors of individuals on our roadways through the inclusion of behaviorally defined questions.
The Annual Driving Survey aims to examine the association between how individuals respond to risk-taking questions and other traffic-related questions. In addition, the survey aims to determine if there is a difference between those identified as high, moderate, and low risk.
- Those that indicated risk-taking in all three behavioral questions (high risk) represented 4% of respondents.
- Those who answered two of the three questions were identified as the moderate risk takers (26% of all respondents).
- Higher proportions of risk-takers were identified on the Eastern Shore (Dorchester, Kent, Talbot, and Queen Anne’s), as compared to the Southern or Western Maryland counties.
- Males were more likely than females to drive faster than 70mph in a 65mph zone.
- Respondents under 30 years of age are twice as likely as those age 60 years to drive faster than 70mph in a 65mph zone.
- Regardless of gender, risk-taking declines with age.