GENESEO, N.Y., Aug. 10, 2023 – Every day, nearly 20,000 motor vehicle accidents occur in the United States as traffic-related accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury each year. August marks National Traffic Safety Awareness Month and Livingston County is reminding residents to practice safe driving, avoid road rage and follow posted speed limits and guidelines while operating a motor vehicle.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1.3 million people across the globe die each year as a result of road traffic crashes – many of which are preventable. A necessity for many, driving presents a wide array of obstacles and safety issues including using cell phones, unsafe road conditions, weather, pedestrian and bicycle traffic, construction, wildlife and more.
Based on statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly one-third of all vehicular fatalities can be attributed to high rates of speed. Furthermore, a recent study conducted by the NHTSA indicated that many drivers involved in speed-related crashes were also more likely to engage in other potentially dangerous behaviors while behind the wheel including driving under the influence of alcohol or substances, not wearing a seatbelt or restraint or using electronic devices.
Locally, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department routinely patrols the roads, highways and byways that weave through the County. Deputies are dedicated to upholding the safety of our communities and work to ensure that commuters and drivers are adhering to posted speed limits and obeying posted traffic signs and rules. In addition, the Sheriff’s Department is committed to road safety through its STOP-DWI program, which aims to deter residents from operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or other substances, which may impair one’s ability to drive.
Learn more about traffic safety as well as various safety initiatives by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.