Motor Vehicle Crashes Cost Chicago Region Over $11 Billion Annually
The Chicago Tribune reports that the American Automotive Association recently conducted a study on the costs to society of motor vehicle crashes which reveled that in the greater Chicago region the annual cost is $11.3 billion annually. The purpose of the study is raise awareness of the enormous financial impact to society of motor vehicle crashes. The $11.3 billion cost of crashes to the region breaks down to $1,180 per person.
According to AAA Chicago spokeswoman “we read about car crashes happening. But unless it involves a person directly, it doesn’t register as important to them. It has created a culture of complacency around traffic crashes. We’re hoping that by putting a dollar amount to it, people will pay a little more attention to the fact that even if they’re not in a crash, they are still paying for them.”
The study recommended that transportation planners take new approaches to improving safety on roads and reduce traffic fatalities and injuries, build public support for increased transportation funding and toughen traffic laws and enforce them fully.
This is a very interesting report and a good approach by AAA in communicating the costs of unsafe drivers to society.
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