Storefront Safety Council Announces Release of 2017 Statistics for Vehicle-Into-Building Crashes

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Storefront Safety Council cites distracted and impaired driving as key factors in 2017 statistics.

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The latest stats are showing an increase in incidents involving texting and other distracted-driving risks, as well as an increase in incidents involving drugged or impaired driving. -Rob Reiter, Co-founder of the Storefront Safety Council

Vehicles crash into commercial locations such as retail centers, restaurants, convenience stores and office buildings more than 60 times per day in the United States, killing approximately 500 victims per year and seriously injuring more than 4,000 people annually, according to the Storefront Safety Council’s latest statistics. The statistics are updated annually, and include pedestrian areas such as bus stops, tourist areas, and public buildings and venues.

“Data from this past year seem to show the impact of two particular hazards,” said Rob Reiter, co-founder of the Storefront Safety Council. “The latest stats are showing an increase in incidents involving texting and other distracted-driving risks, as well as an increase in incidents involving drugged or impaired driving, which is likely a result of the national opioid crisis and the legalization of marijuana in certain states.”

Unique Data
With a database of almost 20,000 total incidents (12,000 of which have been researched), the data from the Storefront Safety Council is unique outside of the insurance industry and some state and federal agencies. Because most of these incidents occur on private property, there is no central authority that collects this data from first responders or other local agencies.

The Storefront Safety Council shares its data with public agencies, academic users and the federal government to promote a better understanding of the scope of the vehicle-into-building crash problem nationally, and to highlight trends established by our research.

About the Storefront Safety Council
The Storefront Safety Council was launched in 2011 to reduce the number of vehicle-into-building crashes. These mostly preventable accidents are injuring and killing Americans where they work, play, shop and eat. The Council is comprised of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds who are passionate about ending storefront crashes. A companion effort — the Storefront Safety Initiative — is planned for launch this year.

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