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A Comparison of the Violent Crime Rate Vs The Vehicle Fatality Rate in the US

November 24th, 2022

When reading about driving safety issues on the blogosphere, one commonly seen sentiment among disgruntled drivers who have received a ticket seems to be; “Why aren’t the police out trying to catch real criminals instead of wasting their time giving out tickets to good honest working people?” Having seen and heard this comment often, I thought it might be interesting to compare the rate of violent crimes to the rate of traffic fatalities in the US.

There are two federal government data bases, both based on data supplied by local and state law enforcement agencies, where the rates can be compared. One is the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) annual Uniform Crime Reports and the other is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual Traffic Safety Facts. Since it is still relatively early in the year, the last full year that both agencies have data on is 2008.

One encouraging statistic is that both the highway death rate and the murder rate were lower in 2008 than in the year before however that fact doesn’t give much solace to the families of the victims in either case.

According to the FBI’s data on the murder rate in the US:

An estimated 16,272 persons were murdered nationwide in 2008. This number was a 3.9 percent decrease from the 2007 estimate, a 0.8 percent increase from the 2004 figure, and a 4.8 percent increase from the 1999 estimate.
There were an estimated 5.4 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2008, a 4.7 percent decrease from the estimated 2007 rate.
89.4 percent of the murders that occurred in the United States in 2008 were within Metropolitan Statistical Areas, 6.3 percent were in nonmetropolitan counties, and the remainder (4.3 percent) occurred in cities outside metropolitan areas.

Attempts to murder or assault to murder, are scored as aggravated assaults.

In 2008, there were an estimated 834,885 aggravated assaults in the Nation.

According to NHTSA’s 2008 Traffic Safety Facts:

In 2008, 37,261 people were killed in the estimated 5,811,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes, a decrease of 10 percent from 2007 (41,259)
2,346,000 people were injured and 4,146,000 crashes involved property damage only.
The fatality rate per 100 million VMT in 2008 was 1.27. The injury rate per 100 million VMT in 2008 was 80. The fatality rate per 100,000 population was 12.25 in 2008, a decrease of 10 percent from the 2007 rate of 13.68.
An average of 102 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2008 – one every 14 minutes.
In 2006, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for every age from 3 through 34.

An Outline of Habitual Traffic Offender Laws

April 13th, 2022

A number of states currently have Habitual Traffic Offender legislation. Once you attain the status of Habitual Traffic Offender, your right to drive will probably be terminated for at least five years. Habitual traffic offender (HTO) status might be put on a motorist upon 3 arrests for certain types of severe traffic crimes, or 15 driving infractions by which points were built up on the driving record during a five-year time period. (This amount of allowed offenses can vary between state governments, so you should remember to check out local laws.)

Serious traffic offenses can consist of driving a commercial vehicle even when your license was revoked; any DUI-related conviction, or any felony using a car. Other types include voluntary or involuntary vehicular manslaughter, and neglecting to stop and help at a car crash that resulted in deaths or severe damages. Concerning moving violations, they are as you may expect: exceeding the speed limit, running a red light, disobeying traffic lights and reckless maneuvering could all get you into trouble. Passing a pulled over school bus, although seemingly minor, may have drawbacks, as will leaving the area of an collision in which one was involved.

If you’ve been described as a habitual traffic offender on account of DUI-related crimes, you must fulfill additional steps to have your license restored ahead of time. Those who’re caught getting behind the wheel while their license was revoked under the habitual offender regulations might be charged with a third degree crime, which carries a penalty as much as five years prison time or a $5,000 fine.

A habitual offender will be sent notice that his or her license has been suspended. If you end up with this notice, you have the right to fight your designation as a habitual offender and give reasons supporting why your license shouldn’t be suspended. You in addition have the right to request to have your license renewed early, but only once one year has gone by. Should the Department permits your application, the renewal would be for employment and/or business purposes only. For this to take place, you need to be able to express how the revocation has created a “serious hardship” on your capacity to provide financially for yourself and your loved ones. You won’t acquire a full, unhindered renewal of your license.

Moreover, your reinstatement will not come about automatically in the end of your revocation time period. You will need to petition the DMV to get your license reinstated. If you don’t initiate the request and are driving, you could end up up against a third-degree felony for driving during a habitual offender revocation period.