Transportation Safety

Transportation Safety

Winding highway during the autumn season with cars moving

Motor vehicle crashes are a major public health concern both locally and nationally.

Across the United States, we are experiencing record-breaking increases in roadway deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 31,720 people were killed on U.S. roadways in the first nine months of 2021, a record 12% increase from the same period last year.

Roadway deaths rose in most states in 2021. Vermont was one of the states that saw an increase in roadway deaths, hitting a ten-year high in 2021.

However, motor vehicle crashes, injuries and deaths are preventable. There are proven strategies that can help prevent these injuries and deaths. Whether you are a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian, you can take steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe on our roadways.

In This Section

In motor vehicle crashes, people walking, biking and rolling are more vulnerable to injuries and death. These injuries and deaths are preventable. Whether you drive a car, walk, or bike, there are ways we can all be safer when using our roadways.

Vermont's Child Passenger Safety Program is designed to draw attention to the importance of child car seats and to help caregivers understand the 4 Stages of Seat Safety.

Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Learn more about how to be safe on the roads.

Learn more about what you can do as an older driver or as a caregiver or loved one of an older driver to stay safe on the roadways. We also have resources for law enforcement professionals, health care professionals, and local leaders to support community members in staying safe, mobile and independent.