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Google Maps: Drunk Driving Fatalities Per 100k County Residents

Seneca County in the Finger Lakes has the highest fatality rate for drunk driver in New York State 2015. However, when you look at the five-year average, Hamilton and Lewis County edge it out for deadliest for drunk drivers. The 2011-15 average shows Yates County as third, and Seneca County for per capita fatalities in the state, due to drunk drivers. It seems like a lot of people get drunk at wineries and then go for a drive in the Finger Lakes Wine Country in New York.

Data Source: Data Fatalities by State. NHTSA. https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/SASStoredProcess/guest

Fatal Car Crashes in New York, 2009-2014 Monthly Average

Spring is the least deadly time of the year on New York's roads. The lowest number of fetal car crashes accords between the months of February through May in New York State, with February and March being the safest months of year on the roads. Fatalities spike during the months of June and July, and decline as autumn approaches.

Data Source: FARS, Crash Time by State. New York. https://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Crashes/CrashesTime.aspx

Google Maps: 2015 Fatal Distracted Driving Crashes In New York

In 2015, only two fatal crashes were reported in New York State involving use of a cellphone. There were also two fatal crashes reported from drivers who were consuming food or drink while driving, and three while operating radio or heating and air conditioning controls. The most common distraction for drivers is not in the vehicle -- but things outside of the vehicle -- a scenic vista, a pretty women, etc. That said, most distracted driving crashes do not go into detail of what caused the distraction.

Google Maps: Automobile Deaths Per 100,000 Population

There are different ways to look at automobile deaths. One could consider the percentage of those who die in crashes, or the number of crashes per 100,000 miles. The rural states look much worst this way, as people drive more miles then in urban areas.

Data Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview

ESC, strong roofs reduce but don’t eliminate all rollover injuries

"In nearly all of the 19 crashes of models with standard ESC, the rollovers were preceded by an impact. In other words, they were pushed over by another vehicle or they flipped after hitting an object. In contrast, 37 percent of the rollovers of vehicles without standard ESC weren't preceded by an impact, meaning in all likelihood they lost stability during a maneuver."

"There always have been rollovers caused by an initial impact, but since it is more difficult for ESC to address them, they will account for a larger proportion of the remaining rollovers as ESC becomes more common. Although they are more complex, rollovers of vehicles with ESC tend to be less severe. Only 9 percent of the crashes of models with standard ESC involved six or more quarter turns. In contrast, 41 percent of the rollovers of vehicles without standard ESC did."