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Talk Presentation by Leon James:

Oahu Fleet Safety Organization (OFSO) September 1996

Safety Facts

* In 1994, 40,676 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes, an increase of 1.3 percent from 1993.

* An average of 111 persons died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 1994 - one every 13 minutes.

* Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for every age from 6 through 28 years old (based on 1991 data).

* Vehicle occupants comprised almost 84 percent of fatalities in 1994; the remaining 16 percent were pedestrians, pedalcyclists and other non-occupants.

* From 1982 through 1994, it is estimated that safety belts saved 65,290 lives (9,175 in 1994).

* In 1994, it is estimated that 308 children under age 5 were saved as a result of child restraint use. An estimated 2,655 lives were saved by child restraints from 1982 through 1994. In 1994, 47 percent of occupants of passenger cars and 54 percent of occupants of light trucks involved in fatal crashes were unrestrained.

* 11 percent (4,544) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities reported in 1994 involved heavy trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds) and 1.5 percent (608) of the fatalities involved medium trucks (gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 to 26,000 pounds).

* Only 1.4 percent of the drivers of medium and heavy trucks involved in fatal crashes in 1994 were intoxicated. (Compared with 19.4 percent for passenger cars, 22.9 percent for light trucks and 28.9 percent for motorcycles).

* On a per population basis, drivers under the age of 25 had the highest rate of involvement in fatal crashes among all age groups.

* The male fatal crash involvement rate per 100,000 population was 3 times as high as for female drivers in 1994. Female drivers continue to exhibit safer driving statistics than male drivers.


Self-Witnessing Exercise

1. Write down one thing automobile drivers do that gets you upset.

2. What do you feel like doing about it at the time?

3. What do you usually do about it?


What Kind of FEELINGS do you have while driving?

1. Are you impatient or tolerant in the car?

2. Do you feel like retaliating when someone is tailgating you?

3. Do you denigrate motorists for making mistakes?

4. Do you often make resolutions to become a better driver?

5. Are traffic police a source of fear or security for you?

6. Do you get angry and revengeful in certain traffic situations?


What kind of THOUGHTS do you have while driving?

7. Do you consider yourself to be a good or bad driver?

8. Do you think it's alright to break the speed limit whenever you want?

9. Do you think it's important to signal every lane change you make?

10. Do you agree that you should be making a complete stop at all your neighborhood stop signs?


What kind of ACTIONS do you do while driving?

11. Are you typically tense or relaxed on the road?

12. Do you ever yell out the window and give other drivers the "bird"?

13. Do you curse repeatedly while driving?

14. Do you threaten pedestrians to make them go faster?

15. Do you punish your passengers when they express fear about how you drive?

Driving Psychology Principles  ||  Road Rage Summary  ||  Traffic Emotions

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