Highway Safety Report Puts Washington Toward Top, Montana Bottom - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Highway Safety Report Puts Washington Toward Top, Montana Bottom

KHQ.COM - Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released its annual report today on the progress they feel state governments have made in keeping our roadways safe. The federal government estimates that motor vehicle crashes cost $230 billion every year.

The report gave a rating to each state based on 15 laws and how many they were able to implement from seat belts to all driver texting bans. Washington was actually put in the highest category, Idaho was in the middle and Montana was one of the worst.

The 2012  report found that an additional 348 new laws need to be adopted in all states and D.C. to fully meet the 15 legislative recommendations:

18 states still need an optional primary enforcement seat belt law

30 states still need an optimal all-ride motorcycle helmet law

21 states still need an optimal booster seat law

No state meets all the criteria of the groups program.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all Americans between the ages of five and 34. Everyday 90 people in the country do not make it home and needlessly die on roads and highways. Nearly 33,000 people were killed and more than 2 million were injured just last year alone.

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