The Richland County Safe Communities Coalition reports that for the month of June there was one traffic death in Richland County.
There have been eight traffic-related fatalities so far this year. Last year there were no traffic fatalities in June and two traffic fatalities through the first six months.
The chart below reflects the five-year totals of traffic-related fatalities in Richland County for June and for the year to date.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s comprehensive costs for traffic fatalities*, each fatality has a comprehensive cost of $1.4 million associated with it. The eight fatalities this year cost Richland County $11.2 million.
The Richland County Safe Communities Coalition is reminding everyone to always use your vehicle’s safety belts and make sure everyone is buckled up.
“During the summer months we see an increase in traffic in the evenings and weekends as people are driving to outdoor activities,” said Reed Richmond, Health Educator at Richland Public Health, a Safe Communities partner. “We can increase our summer safety, and the safety of others, by always remembering to use our seat belts and never driving impaired or distracted.”