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The number of traffic fatalities on roads under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has bucked the national trend and gone down over the past three years, and the traffic fatality rate on Oakland roads remains below half of both the state and national rates.
For calendar year 2021, there were 23 fatalities on RCOC roads. Five were alcohol and/or drug related.
For the year, the county had a traffic-fatality rate of 0.56 deaths per 100 million miles of vehicle travel, while the statewide rate was 1.14 deaths per 100 million miles of vehicle travel and the national rate was 1.33.
“If we had experienced the statewide average number of fatalities on our roads, we would have lost about 26 more people last year just on RCOC roads,” RCOC Managing Director Dennis Kolar said.
The lowest number of fatalities on RCOC roads in recent years was in 2020 when 13 traffic-related deaths were reported. With residents staying home at the start of the pandemic, there were far fewer motorists on the road in that year.
“Safety continues to be the top priority for RCOC,” said RCOC Chair Andrea LaLonde. “RCOC works to make sure all facets of the agency are using safety to guide their decision-making processes, including training, road-project selection and road-maintenance practices,” she added.
RCOC has consistently been on the cutting edge of traffic-safety innovations such as:
2001: 35 2007: 25 2013: 14 2019: 37
2002: 38 2008: 20 2014: 18 2020: 13
2003: 29 2009: 19 2015: 30 2021: 23
2004: 34 2010: 25 2016: 39
2005: 41 2011: 36 2017: 29
2006: 33 2012: 23 2018: 23