Highway deaths totaled 771 last year, compared to 757 in 2016.

The Highway Safety Research Group at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has released the 2017 Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report.

The report indicates the following occurrences:

---Highway deaths totaled 771 last year, compared to 757 in 2016.

---The Louisiana safety belt survey shows that the front safety belt use is at 86.9 percent in 2018; this is about the same level as in 2017 (87.1) and 2016 (87.8).

---There were 5.3 deaths of motorcycle drivers per 100 motorcycles in crashes for 2017 as compared to 4.7 in 2016.

---Interstate fatal crashes decreased by 4.7 percent from 2016 to 2017.

The main contributing factors to Louisiana’s 2017 traffic fatalities were alcohol and a low percentage use of safety belts, according to the report. Of the 771 fatalities, 187 involved a driver with blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above. In cases where safety belt usage is known, 55.7 percent of all occupants who died in a crash did not use a safety belt.

The report is available online; there is no charge to download the PDF.

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