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Oklahoma participated in the 2018 Click It or Ticket and both Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilizations in July and August. The impaired driving mobilization efforts were conducted with the Oklahoma ENDUI tagline. That means that PACE TULSA AGS FOUNDATION efforts to expand Pedestrian Awareness Crosswalk Education in Public Transportation Policy are supported by statistical models that are working.
Oklahoma took part in three national mobilization efforts during FY 2018: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving mobilization in December 2017; Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization in May; and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving mobilization in August/September 2018. Oklahoma did not meet the 2017 target for reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities. In response, Oklahoma initiated a request for 12 FY 2017 Funded Projects.
The OHSO website contains a Mobilization Reporting System which allows agencies to submit participation activity electronically for each mobilization. For several years Oklahoma has employed Law Enforcement/Impaired Driving Liaisons with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to aid in working with local agencies on their seat belt and impaired driving programs and encourage participation in these mobilizations.
Oklahoma did see success when reviewing the significant decreases in Core Outcomes for the following core measures:
FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES
 UNRESTRAINED FATALITIES AND OPERATOR .08 OR MORE BAC FATALITIES
TAKE A LOOK AT THESE NUMBERS THAT ARE BEING REPORTED BY THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION FY2016 ANNUAL REPORT. Published by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Well, Tulsa, Oklahoma is not New York City, but Pedestrians being distracted by texting and other tech device activities is not only affecting public safety in big cities, but in suburban neighborhoods and rural towns as well. For over 5 months at the intersection of 41st & Harvard, Becco Construction Contract workers and independent contractors have been busy upgrading a road surfacing project that was financed by a 2008 penny sales tax bond. This project is on schedule and expected to complete in another two weeks according to Becco Construction Contractor’s Company. PACE TULSA AGS Foundation, wrote an initial op ed story about the Ranch Acres Covenant Community. For more insight about this part of Tulsa, OK read our historical perspective about Ranch Acres.
Additionally, we feel that since the outcomes of this report are so promising that our 6 month study is further validation of these kind of foundation programs.
FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES
C-1 Number of Fatalities Target: To limit the projected increase in the number of traffic fatalities from 678 in 2013 to 694 in 2016. Oklahoma met its 2015 target to limit an expected increase in fatalities to no more than 712 in 2015, with 643 fatalities reported. While CY2016 results are not yet available, preliminary data to date indicates that fatalities in 2016 may remain fairly consistent with the 2015 results.
C-2 Number of Serious Injuries (State Data) Target: To limit the projected increase in the number of Serious Injuries in MVC from 14,734 in 2013 to 15,791 in 2016. Oklahoma met this target in CY2015, not only limiting but seeing a decrease in serious injuries from 14,732 to 14,266. Preliminary data for CY2016 is not available at this time. However, over the last five years, the number of serious injuries (incapacitating and non-incapacitating) has shown a downward trend, from a high of 16,190 in 2011 to 14,266 in 2015 (Oklahoma data).
|C-1 Number of Traffic Fatalities (FARS) in Oklahoma||669||643|
|C-2 Number of Serious Injuries (State Data)||14732||14266|
*The statistics are not reported yet for 2017. As soon as they are I will post them.
|C-3 Fatality Rates for Vehicle Miles Traveled (FARS) Target C-3: To limit the projected increase in the Fatalities per 100 Million VMT rate from 1.41 in 2013 to 1.45 in 2016.
Target C-3(a):To maintain the projected Urban Fatalities per 100 Million VMT rate from 0.84 in 2013 to 0.84 in 2016.
Target C-3(b): To limit the projected increase in the Rural Fatalities per 100 Million VMT rate from 2.18 in 2013 to 2.21 in 2016.
|C-4 Unrestrained Fatalities, all seating positions (FARS) Target in Oklahoma||258||218|
As previously addressed in this report (see Performance Measure C-10 on page 10), Oklahoma did not meet the 2015 target for reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities.
In response, Oklahoma initiated a request for 12 – FY 2016 Funded Project Expenditures 13 NHTSA Countermeasures That Work, A Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide for State Highway Safety Offices, Seventh Edition, 2013.
|Children’s Safety Clubs||Reduce and Enforce Speed Limits|
|Elementary-Age Child Pedestrian Training||Conspicuity Enhancement|
|Child School Bus Training||Targeted Enforcement 8|
|Safe Routes to School||Driver Training|
|Impaired Pedestrians: Communications and Outreach||Pedestrian Gap Acceptance Training|
|“Sweeper” Patrols of Impaired Pedestrians||7 University Educational Campaign|
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