Last year, 18 people died on Butler County highways.
Of those 18, PennDOT District 10 data showed 12 involved a driver that was over the age of 65. Six involved a motorcycle.
Statewide, traffic deaths increased in 2018 over the year prior to 1,190. But, 2018 still had the third-lowest number of highway fatalities recorded, and data shows overall fatalities continue to trend downward.
“Even one life lost is one too many, and Pennsylvania is committed to moving towards zero deaths,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Our biggest priority continues to be safe travel regardless of the mode you use, and we continue to work with our partners to decrease fatalities through education and outreach.”
- Crashes involving drug- or alcohol-impaired drivers – 355 fatalities, up from 246 in 2017;
- Crashes involving pedestrians – 201 fatalities, up from 150 in 2017; and
- Crashes involving drivers aged 65-74 – 188 fatalities, up from 124 in 2017.
National data shows over 90 percent of crashes are caused by driver behavior. For this reason, PennDOT says they continue to focus on enforcement and education improvements, and invests $18 million annually in federal grant funds statewide to support these behavioral safety programs.