Programs

This year: 359 crash deaths occurred on Arkansas roads.

*Preliminary Data - Fatalities as of August 11, 2021

The Arkansas Highway Safety Office coordinates a statewide behavioral highway safety program making effective use of federal and state highway safety funds and other resources to save lives and reduce injuries on the state’s roads, and provide leadership, innovation and program support in partnership with traffic safety advocates, professionals, organizations and our single largest safety partnership, the driving public. Featured Programs addressing high fatalities on Arkansas roadways are Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection...For more Arkansas Crash Data https://www.dps.arkansas.gov/dashboard/

IMPAIRED DRIVING

Impaired driving is a choice.

Drivers can choose to drive sober, get plenty of rest and pay attention.

Impaired drivers risk injuring or killing themselves and their passengers. They also expose everyone on the road to unnecessary risks. The best defense against impaired drivers is wearing a seat belt. AHSO's newest social norming campaign is 'Cell Down Buckle Up!'

Impairment is a diminished ability to drive, which can be caused by

  • Drinking and Driving,
  • Distracted Driving,
  • Drugged Driving, &
  • Drowsy Driving.

The four “Ds” of Impaired Driving can be—one more word that starts with a D, deadly. Statistics show a third of traffic crash related deaths are attributable to alcohol. Distracted driving fatalities are increasing annually. While NHTSA and other researchers are studying the best ways to get identifiable and conclusive data on drugged and drowsy driving, both are responsible for thousands of lives lost each year on our nation’s roads. Click here for more on Impaired Driving.

More About Impaired Driving: Drinking & Driving | Distracted Driving | Drugged Driving | Drowsy Driving


DRINKING & DRIVING

Every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that's one person every 52 minutes. In 2019, these deaths reached the lowest percentage since 1982 when NHTSA started reporting alcohol data — but still 10,142 people lost their lives. These deaths were all preventable.

10142 deaths from drunk driving crashes in 2019*

*Source: Overview of the 2019 Crash Investigation Sampling System (dot.gov)

FEATURED COMMERCIAL FROM DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN

MAKE THE LIFE SAVING CHOICE--DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!

Click here for more on Drinking & Driving | Impaired Driving


OCCUPANT PROTECTION

One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate was at 90.3% in 2020. Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017. Understand the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seat belt and learn what you can do to make sure you and your family are properly buckled up every time. New Social Norming Campaign ''CLICK FOR LOVE' encouraging the Arkansas Driving Public to buckle up for their loved ones. Go here for more.

Seat Belts Save Lives

90.3% Seat Belt Use Rate In 2020

14955 Lives Saved By Seat Belts In 2017

2549 additional lives could have been saved in 2017 if everyone had buckled up

Source: Seat Belt Safety | NHTSA

New Saved By The Belt Program!

Nominate a Traffic Crash Survivor or Submit your own 'Saved By The Belt' Story | To read newest 'Saved By The Belt Story, click here. | Want to read Back-Story on 1st SBTB Testimonial, click here?

MAKE THE LIFE SAVING CHOICE--BUCKLE UP ARKANSAS!

Click here for more on Occupant Protection


OTHER FEATURED PROGRAMS

SPEED ENFORCEMENT

Newest Speed Enforcement Development: Troopers Use Low Profile Tahoes to Address Speeding Surge


TRAFFIC RECORDS

What 's New In Traffic Records!


RAIL/HIGHWAY SAFETY

New segment in Learn The Law Series: Railroad Safety & You!

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

AHSO Partners with Alliance in 2021 to reach larger measures of the targeted audience of Motorcyclists in Arkansas.

PEDESTRIAN BICYCLE SAFETY

New Ped/Bike Information And Ads in Arkansas Travel Guides including Share The Road Campaign

What is Share The Road?

The goal of the Share the Road campaign is to provide travelers with information on laws, policies, maps, and resources to commute safely on Arkansas’ roadways, whether by walking, driving, or biking. Trending data shows an increase in pedestrian fatalities, and one is one too many. Help us create a safer environment by doing your part! GO with Care—Get There! To learn more about: Ped/Bike Safety | Share The Road Campaign

TEEN DRIVER SAFETY


INFORMATION & EDUCATION

SafARoads Newsletter (August 2021)

Highway Safety Plan

Highway Safety Annual Report

Learn The Law Series

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