A region's population has an obvious effect on the number of motor vehicle crashes and deaths. When population density increases, especially in regions that rely more heavily on personal vehicles as opposed to mass transit and other modes of travel, the result is a higher incidence of injury and fatality crashes. Crash rates per capita and per vehicle miles traveled provide a way of examining motor vehicle deaths relative to the population and amount of driving.
Data on Douglas County population growth from 2010 to 2014
The population of Douglas County rose from 132,000 in 2010 to 139,000 in 2014. In that same period, vehicle miles traveled rose from 4,400,000 to 4,515,000. In that same time frame, traffic crashes rose from 4195 to 4282.
The transportation choices that communities make impact health, air quality, and traffic crashes
According to data from County Health Rankings, 80% of Douglas County residents drove alone to work in 2014 , which is a good indicator of the relative usage of mass transit and the increased potential to be injured or killed in a motor-vehicle crash. The choices for commuting to work can include walking, biking, taking public transit, carpooling, or the most damaging to the health of communities, which is individuals commuting alone. In most Georgia counties, the latter is the primary form of transportation to work.
Improved mass transit opportunities in Douglas County are key to improving safety rates
The data is clear that the more a population uses mass transit and forms of travel other than personal vehicles, the less the rate of injury and fatality crashes. While many factors can affect these rates, including types of vehicles driven, travel speeds, rates of licensure, state traffic laws, emergency care capabilities, weather, and topography, the clear correlation is an encouragement to continue to build and refine the ability for Douglas County residents to travel the region safely using methods other than personal vehicles.
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