Kansas has already reported 121 traffic deaths just this year. After a dramatic increase in driving fatalities, Sedgwick County has announced an initiative to promote safe driving.
Why Was the “Drive Safe Sedgwick” Campaign Initiated?
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) noticed a concerning increase in car crashes recently. Many resulting deaths were preventable, caused by unsafe driving or not wearing a seatbelt. They hope to raise awareness about the lives lost in car accidents with the Drive Safe Sedgwick initiative. This summer, safety advocates and law enforcement will begin working to educate drivers about the risks on Kansas roads and how to drive safer.
Recent Years’ Crash Data
There has been an increase in car accidents across Kansas. Sedwick County and Wichita are unfortunately leading the numbers, according to the following statistics:
- Sedgwick County had the highest number of fatalities of any county in the state one recent year. Compared to counties of similar sizes, it even ranks as one of the highest in the Midwest.
- The county reported 8,627 crashes with 64 fatalities and 3,955 injuries.
- Most of the state’s fatalities were from car accidents in Wichita. Wichita crash data shows 7,018 crashes that year, causing 46 deaths and 3,362 injuries.
- Over five years, 23 percent of the fatality crashes in Sedgwick County involved alcohol.
- More than 41 percent of all passengers in Sedgwick County fatalities weren’t wearing seatbelts over a two-year period.
- Inattention was the cause of 24 percent of all accidents across the state. This was followed by failing to yield the right of way, driving too fast for conditions, and following too closely.
How Can You Contribute to the Sedgwick County Drive Safe Campaign?
Improving the safety of Kansas roads depends on everyone. You can help by starting with the following:
- Talk to your loved ones — Your family and friends are more likely to think about their safety on the road if you explain how much you care. Discussing safe driving behaviors can help you both be more aware.
- Wear a seat belt — KDOT’s Assistant Bureau Chief of Transportation Safety Chris Bortz states, “Buckling up costs you nothing. Not buckling up could cost you everything. Buckle up for every trip, every time.”
- Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol — There is no reason to get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs. Have a plan for you and your loved ones to always have a sober ride.
- Avoid all distractions — Driving requires your full attention at all times. Texting, talking on the phone, grooming, and changing the music can all wait.
- Obey the speed limit — Not only should you follow speed limit signs, but you should also ensure you’re driving safely for the conditions. Slow down when driving in bad weather, near construction zones, and through heavy traffic.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. Reach out to Mann Wyatt Tanksley Injury Attorneys as soon as possible for a free consultation. One of our Wichita car accident attorneys can review your case and see how we can help.