BISMARCK, N.D. – Preliminary
data shows, from January 1 to June 30, 2018 there have been 39 motor vehicle
fatalities in North Dakota, compared to 54 during the same period in 2017.
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 North
Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT).
At the beginning of the year, Governor Burgum, the NDDOT,
the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Department of Health
launched Vision Zero – a strategy to
eliminate motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota
Every driver and vehicle occupant in North Dakota can help
meet the Vision Zero goal by taking
personal responsibility when travelling on the road. This means always wearing
a seat belt and using proper child restraints; driving sober; driving
distraction free; wearing the proper motorcycle gear; and obeying the speed
limits and all traffic laws.
“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? Every life matters.” Mongeon says.
Visit the North Dakota Crash Memorial wall
to view memorials built on the hope of preventing another death on North Dakota
*As of July 7, 2018 there have been 42
motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota.