Average auto fatalities per 100,000
: 20.2 Auto fatalities/year
: 897 (15th most) Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents
: $7,363,795 (18th highest) Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents
: $1,109,612,984 (8th highest) Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more
: 31.71% (22nd highest)
Louisiana had the seventh-highest annual average rate of auto injury fatalities per 100,000 residents from 2007 to 2009, at 20.2. The estimated lifetime work loss costs due to fatalities from accidents in one year exceeded $1.1 billion, which is eighth highest, according to CDC estimates. Though Louisiana’s traffic safety figures are alarming, the state is taking steps to remedy the situation. It is one of only 16 states with a mandatory ignition lock for all convicted drunk drivers, one of 18 to make helmets mandatory for all motorcyclists, and one of 32 with a primary seat belt law. The problem, it seems, are not the laws but ineffective enforcement. According to an NHTSA report, only 75.9% of Louisiana drivers wore seat belts in 2010, the lowest among all states with primary seat belt laws.
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