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Table 2-18. Motor Vehicle Fatalities, Vehicle-Miles, and Associated Rates by Highway Functional System

Table 2-18. Motor Vehicle Fatalities, Vehicle-Miles, and Associated Rates by Highway Functional System

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  1980 1985 1990 1995 1996 1997 1998
Fatalities             
Rural29,545 24,492 25,786 23,978 24,510 24,811 24,751
Interstate 2,263 2,141 2,707 2,675 2,905 3,040 3,105
Other arterial 12,268 9,940 9,893 9,947 9,458 9,678 9,594
Collector 10,004 8,209 8,852 7,401 7,481 7,643 7,593
Local 5,010 4,202 4,334 3,955 4,666 4,450 4,459
Urban21,546 19,333 18,813 17,839 17,555 16,758 16,143
Interstate 2,184 2,025 2,252 2,154 2,323 2,292 2,283
Other arterial 12,752 12,521 11,742 10,916 10,756 10,239 9,902
Collector 2,226 1,696 1,427 1,441 1,290 1,163 1,037
Local 4,384 3,091 3,392 3,328 3,186 3,064 2,921
VMT (millions)             
Rural672,030 730,728 868,878 933,289 960,194 1,001,350 1,033,457
Interstate 135,084 154,357 200,173 223,382 232,565 240,255 251,520
Other arterial 262,774 282,803 330,866 368,595 378,847 392,058 403,484
Collector 189,468 206,669 240,460 236,148 241,030 254,364 257,858
Local 84,704 86,899 97,379 105,164 107,752 114,673 120,595
Urban855,265 1,044,098 1,275,484 1,489,534 1,523,886 1,560,345 1,598,065
Interstate 161,242 216,188 278,901 341,528 351,579 361,401 374,622
Other arterial 484,189 578,270 699,233 815,170 834,623 846,659 862,994
Collector 83,043 89,578 106,297 126,929 129,310 130,143 131,919
Local 126,791 160,062 191,053 205,907 208,374 222,142 228,530
Fatality rates per 100 million vehicle miles              
Rural4.40 3.35 2.97 2.57 2.55 2.48 2.39
Interstate 1.68 1.39 1.35 1.20 1.25 1.27 1.23
Other arterial 4.67 3.51 2.99 2.70 2.50 2.47 2.38
Collector 5.28 3.97 3.68 3.13 3.10 3.00 2.94
Local 5.91 4.84 4.45 3.76 4.33 3.88 3.70
Urban2.52 1.85 1.47 1.20 1.15 1.07 1.01
Interstate 1.35 0.94 0.81 0.63 0.66 0.63 0.61
Other arterial 2.63 2.17 1.68 1.34 1.29 1.21 1.15
Collector 2.68 1.89 1.34 1.14 1.00 0.89 0.79
Local 3.46 1.93 1.78 1.62 1.53 1.38 1.28

NOTES: Includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Fatality figures reflect original figures received by FHWA from NHTSA, and, when totaled, differ slightly from the revised NHTSA figures that appear in other tables in this volume. VMT data are based on revised estimates from state highway agencies for the various functional systems and, when totaled, differ from the figures in the vehicle-miles table in chapter 1, which have not been revised as of Oc. 25, 2000.

SOURCES: Fatalities: 1980-95: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, Internet site www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/ohimstat.htm, as of Oct. 25, 2000.
1996-97: Ibid., Highway Statistics, Internet site www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/ohimstat.htm, as of Oct. 25, 2000, table FI-1.
1998: Ibid., table FI-20.
Vehicle miles: 1980-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-PL-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table VM-202.
1995-98: Ibid., Highway Statistics, Internet site www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/ohimstat.htm, as of Oct. 25, 2000, tables VM-2 and VM-2a.
Fatality rates: Calculated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017