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February 2, 2004


Texas Department Of Public Safety
Accident Records Bureau


Final 2001 Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Data


Total Accidents, Fatalities, and Death Rates

During 2001, there were 3,319 fatal traffic accidents, resulting in 3,739 deaths. This was a 1.0% decrease from the 2000 fatality figure of 3,775 deaths. The Texas Department of Transportation reported that 216,276 billion vehicle miles were traveled in Texas during 2001. This was a 2.8% increase in miles traveled as compared to 2000. Based on the recorded fatalities, the Texas death rate for 2001 was 1.7 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.


There were no deathless days in 2001. There were three accidents where six or more persons were killed.


TABLE 1:

  2000 2001 % Change
Fatal Accidents 3,247 3,319 2.2%
Injury Accidents 205,569 207,043 0.7%
Non-Injury Accidents 110,174 113,596 3.1%
Total Accidents 318,990 323,958 1.6%
 
Persons Killed 3,775 3,739 1.0%
Persons Injured 341,097 340,554 -0.2%
 
Vehicle Miles Traveled 210,340 Billion 216,276 Billion 2.8%
Death Rate
(Per 100 M. vehicle
miles traveled)
1.8 1.7 5.6%
Injury Rate
(Per 100 M. vehicle
miles traveled)
162.2 157.5 2.9%


Alcohol Related Fatalities
In 2001, there were 1,005 persons killed in alcohol related accidents. This is a 4.0% decrease from the 1,047 alcohol related fatalities in 2000. 26.9% of all fatal accidents involved alcohol in 2001, which was a 2.8% decrease from 27.8% in 2000.


TABLE 3:

  Persons Killed Person Killed in
Alcohol Related
Traffic Accidents
Percent
of Total
Persons Killed
1993 3,037 1,219 40.1%
1994 3,142 1,170 37.2%
1995 3,172 1,138 35.9%
1996 3,738 1,244 33.3%
1997 3,508 1,066 30.4%
1998 3,576 1,058 29.6%
1999 3,519 998 28.4%
2000 3,775 1,047 27.7%
2001 3,739 1,005 26.9%
 
% Change -1.0% -4.0%  

Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities - Alcohol Involved

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Motorcycle Fatalities
There were 244 motorcycle fatalities (operators and passengers) in 2001. This figure was a 24.5% increase over the 196 killed in 2000. 67% of all motorcyclists fatally injured (operators and passengers) were not wearing helmets.


TABLE 4:

  Motorcyclists Killed % Not Helmeted
1993 157 16%
1994 126 13%
1995 129 14%
1996 115 10%
1997 116 26%
1998 152 53%
1999 181 60%
2000 196 63%
2001 229 67%
 
% Change 16.8%  

Motorcyclists Killed

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Motorcyclists Killed - Percent Not Helmeted

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Rural Accidents, Fatalities, and Death Rates
Deaths in rural areas of Texas, which includes towns with less than 5,000 population, decreased by 1.9%, compared to 2000. These deaths comprise 57.3% of the statewide death toll. In 2001, the death toll on rural interstates, increased by 9.3%. Alcohol related fatalities in rural areas decreased by 11.3% from 2000 to 2001.


TABLE 2:

  2000 2001 % Change
Fatal Accidents 1,842 1,848 0.3%
Injury Accidents 44,985 46,255 2.8%
Non-Injury Accidents 32,011 34,207 6.9%
Total Accidents 78,838 82,310 4.4%
 
Persons Killed 2,187 2,146 -1.9%
Persons Injured 74,940 76,542 2.1%
 
Vehicle Miles Traveled 69,412 Billion 71,371 Billion 2.8%
Death Rate
(Per 100 M. vehicle
miles traveled)
3.2 3.0 -6.3%
Injury Rate
(Per 100 M. vehicle
miles traveled)
108.0 107.0 -1.0%
 
Alcohol Related
Fatalities
655 581 11.3%


Cell Phones
In 2001, there were 1,032 accidents, with 8 fatalities, where cell phone usage was coded a contributing factor. This was an increase of 44.1% from 2000.


  Cell Phone Related Accidents Cell Phone Related Fatalities
2000* 716 7
2001 1032 8
% Change 44.1% 14.3%

*It is important to note that new accident reporting forms listing cell phones and road rage as contributing factors were not available until April 2000, so comparing the two years may not present an accurate picture.

 

Cell Phone Related Accidents

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Road Rage
In 2001, there were 219 accidents, with 1 fatality, where road rage was coded a contributing factor. This was an increase of 143.3% from 2000.


  Road Rage Related Accidents Road Rage Related Fatalities
2000* 90 1
2001 219 1
% Change 143.3% NC

*It is important to note that new accident reporting forms listing cell phones and road rage as contributing factors were not available until April 2000, so comparing the two years may not present an accurate picture.


Road Rage Related Accidents

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