Early data appears to show North Dakota motor vehicle fatalities in the first half of 2018 are at their lowest level in 8 years.
According to information from the North Dakota Department of Transportation, from January 1 through June 30, there were 39 motor vehicle fatalities, compared to 54 fatalities the year before.
The last time motor vehicle fatalities were this low in the first half of the year was in 2010, when there were also 39 fatalities.
“While it is encouraging to see a nearly 28 percent decrease in vehicle fatalities in the first part of the year compared to last year, it is still too many.” says Karin Mongeon, Safety Division Director with the state transportation department.
A state program called “Vision Zero” was launched at the beginning of 2018, with the goal to eliminate vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.
“The goal of zero fatalities is not only attainable, but also vital. When it comes to your life, or the lives of your family and friends, what other number is acceptable?” Mongeon says. “Every life matters.”
You can review North Dakota traffic fatality statistics here.