Some good news for Ocean State motorists: Driving fatalities are at an all time low in Rhode Island.
That’s the word from Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin, who announced today that road deaths dropped from 65 in 2013 to 52 in 2014. That’s a continuation of the decline in fatalities, from a high of 104 in 2003. The 2014 numbers are the lowest number of road fatalities since 1994.
Most encouraging, perhaps, is the drop in deaths of young drivers aged 16 to 24. Deaths for this age group have dropped from 22 in 2009 to eight in 2014.
``The reductions in fatalities are a direct result of the cumulative efforts by all through increased targeted enforcement, frequent public messaging on DUI arrests, school education programs, and coordinated enforcement efforts,’’ said State Police Col. Steve O’Donnell.
Kilmartin also credited increased seat-belt use and increased citations for violations of the state mandatory seat-belt laws and a crackdown on texting while driving.
What Kilmartin didn’t mention is that newer cars have been built to better withstand crashes, which has led to fewer traffic deaths across the nation.