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N.D. -- There were 104 people who lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in
North Dakota in 2018, a decrease of 10 percent (12 fatalities) from 2017,
according to preliminary crash data released by the
North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway
Patrol (NDHP). This is the lowest fatality number since 2008 in which there
were 104 motor vehicle fatalities as well.
one life is one too many, but we are encouraged to see fatality numbers trending
down from last year,” says Tom Sorel, NDDOT Director. “While the NDDOT is
continually making highway improvements, there is still work to be done. We
must continue to make progress towards our goal of Vision Zero - zero
fatalities and zero serious injuries on North Dakota roadways. This can be
achieved through establishing a culture of personal responsibility where motor
vehicle fatalities and serious injuries are recognized as preventable and not tolerated.”
behavior-related factors such as not wearing a seat belt, alcohol, and speed
contribute significantly to motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota. Of the 104
fatalities in 2018, approximately 50 percent were not wearing their seat belt (seat
belt use was not applicable in 27 percent of these fatalities), 32 percent were
alcohol-related (this percent may increase pending final toxicology results),
and 35 percent (37 fatalities) were speed-related. Victims ranged in age from 1
year old to 97 years old and 81 percent were North Dakota residents.
Brandon Solberg adds, “The goal is zero fatalities and zero serious injuries.
Think about your family and your loved ones. What number for them is acceptable
other than zero? Buckle up, drive sober and distraction free and obey all
traffic safety laws, not just for you, but for the people you love.”
motor vehicle fatalities in 2018, 76 were in a passenger vehicle, 16 were
motorcyclists, six were pedestrians, two were on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs),
two were train-related and two were bicyclists.
motor vehicle fatalities were down, motorcycle fatalities increased by 23
percent in 2018 compared to 2017. Of the 16 fatalities, 11 (69 percent) were
not wearing helmets. Motorcyclists should wear DOT compliant helmets, full
protective gear as well as take a training course. The North Dakota Motorcycle
Safety Program offers basic and experienced rider courses. More information can
be found at
crash data from 2018 also shows that 17 (16 percent) of the motor vehicle
fatalities were the result of single vehicle rollovers (this excludes
motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and bicyclist and pedestrian crashes) with 13 of
those fatalities being unbelted (76 percent) and 8 fatalities (47 percent) were
totally or partially ejected from the vehicle.
about the Vision Zero strategy and its traffic safety campaigns at .
wall to view memorials built on the hope of preventing another death on North
preliminary crash data and is subject to change as additional information is