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About 35,000 people die in crashes every year. It's scary to think about how dangerous the roads we travel every day can be. But the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety is working to make them safer.

Through education, research and prevention programs, we’re fighting drunk driving, distracted driving and speeding. We’re also helping people understand the benefits of seat belts, child seats and motorcycle safety.

Accidents may happen. But fatalities don’t have to. Together, we can travel safer and smarter.

To learn more about Office of Highway Safety programs, prevention plans and South Dakota crash statistics, visit the South Dakota Department of Public Safety website.

South Dakota's Deadliest Roads
2011 South Dakota Highway Safety Statistics

111 South Dakota crash fatalities were recorded in 2011, down from 140 in 2010. This represents a 50-year low for the state.

14 drivers under the age of 21 were involved in a fatal traffic crash in 2011; this figure represents a 36.4% decrease from the previous year and a 35.3% decline since 2007.

Pedestrian fatalities dropped from 9 in 2010 to 7 in 2011.

A total of 37 individuals were killed in 2011 as a result of traffic crashes involving at least one speeding driver, an increase of 12.1% from 2010. 83.8% of these fatalities occurred on rural roadways.

The annual seat belt survey administered through OHS estimated seat belt use at 73.4% in 2011, a decline from the 2010 rate of 74.5%. Consequently, the number of all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants involved in traffic crashes increased 16.8% from 2010 to 2011.

Straight Talk on Seat Belts

Why wear a seat belt on every trip, every time? 82% of South Dakota fatalities happen on rural roads. And most accidents happen within five miles of home.

Approximately 35,000 people die in car accidents each year. About 50% could be saved if they wore seat belts.

Vehicle ejection is one of the deadliest accident occurrences; in 2006, 76% of those ejected from their vehicles were killed. Buckling up protects against this. Only 1% of people wearing seat belts were totally ejected from their vehicles.

When used, lap/shoulder belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45%.

Nine out of ten people buckle up when asked.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Organizations for Youth Safety.

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Someone Needs You. Buckle Up.

Over the years, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety has worked to prevent crash fatalities and help South Dakotans make buckling up a habit.

Watch our videos to see how this message has spread throughout the years. These videos may make you laugh, gasp or even cry. But at the end of the day, we hope they make you think about your safety and the safety of those in your vehicle.

Please, buckle up on every trip, every time – and make sure your passengers do, too. Because someone needs you.

Saving Lives with Every Trip.

Over the years, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety has worked to prevent crash fatalities through seat belt, pedestrian and motorcycle safety awareness, distracted driving education, child seat use and drunk driving prevention.

Watch our videos to see how this message has spread throughout the years. These videos may make you laugh, gasp or even cry. But at the end of the day, we hope they make you think about your safety and the safety of those in your vehicle.

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Media Resources

Thanks to our media partners across the state who help spread a message of safety to South Dakota drivers.

The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety has provided timesaving background resources, statistics and more that you can download. Please contact us with any questions. As Highway Safety efforts continue, we’ll keep this media center up-to-date with additional information.

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Drive Safe. We'll Help.

The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety helps every South Dakotan get home safe through seat belt safety, drunk driving prevention, motorcycle safety and more.

Straight Talk on Seat Belts

Why wear a seat belt on every trip, every time? 82% of South Dakota fatalities happen on rural roads. And most accidents happen within five miles of home.

Approximately 35,000 people die in car accidents each year. About 50% could be saved if they wore seat belts.

Vehicle ejection is one of the deadliest accident occurrences; in 2006, 76% of those ejected from their vehicles were killed. Buckling up protects against this. Only 1% of people wearing seat belts were totally ejected from their vehicles.

When used, lap/shoulder belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45%.

Nine out of ten people buckle up when asked.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Organizations for Youth Safety.

2011 South Dakota Highway Safety Statistics

111 South Dakota crash fatalities were recorded in 2011, down from 140 in 2010. This represents a 50-year low for the state.

14 drivers under the age of 21 were involved in a fatal traffic crash in 2011; this figure represents a 36.4% decrease from the previous year and a 35.3% decline since 2007.

Pedestrian fatalities dropped from 9 in 2010 to 7 in 2011.

A total of 37 individuals were killed in 2011 as a result of traffic crashes involving at least one speeding driver, an increase of 12.1% from 2010. 83.8% of these fatalities occurred on rural roadways.

The annual seat belt survey administered through OHS estimated seat belt use at 73.4% in 2011, a decline from the 2010 rate of 74.5%. Consequently, the number of all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants involved in traffic crashes increased 16.8% from 2010 to 2011.

South Dakota's Deadliest Roads

Whether you're driving across town or across the state, an accident can happen anywhere. Review the map to see South Dakota's crash fatalities and deadliest counties.

Road Fatalities
Ten Deadliest Counties in SD

  • Bennett County
  • Codington County
  • Mellette County
  • Minnehaha County
  • Corson County
  • Dewey County
  • Jackson County
  • Pennington County
  • Shannon County
  • Todd County

Straight Talk on Seat Belts

Why wear a seat belt on every trip, every time? 82% of South Dakota fatalities happen on rural roads. And most accidents happen within five miles of home.

Approximately 35,000 people die in car accidents each year. About 50% could be saved if they wore seat belts.

Vehicle ejection is one of the deadliest accident occurrences; in 2006, 76% of those ejected from their vehicles were killed. Buckling up protects against this. Only 1% of people wearing seat belts were totally ejected from their vehicles.

When used, lap/shoulder belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45%.

Nine out of ten people buckle up when asked.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Organizations for Youth Safety.

2011 South Dakota Highway Safety Statistics

111 South Dakota crash fatalities were recorded in 2011, down from 140 in 2010. This represents a 50-year low for the state.

14 drivers under the age of 21 were involved in a fatal traffic crash in 2011; this figure represents a 36.4% decrease from the previous year and a 35.3% decline since 2007.

Pedestrian fatalities dropped from 9 in 2010 to 7 in 2011.

A total of 37 individuals were killed in 2011 as a result of traffic crashes involving at least one speeding driver, an increase of 12.1% from 2010. 83.8% of these fatalities occurred on rural roadways.

The annual seat belt survey administered through OHS estimated seat belt use at 73.4% in 2011, a decline from the 2010 rate of 74.5%. Consequently, the number of all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants involved in traffic crashes increased 16.8% from 2010 to 2011.

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Help the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety spread the word about safe driving and crash prevention with our media resources.

Straight Talk on Seat Belts

Why wear a seat belt on every trip, every time? 82% of South Dakota fatalities happen on rural roads. And most accidents happen within five miles of home.

Approximately 35,000 people die in car accidents each year. About 50% could be saved if they wore seat belts.

Vehicle ejection is one of the deadliest accident occurrences; in 2006, 76% of those ejected from their vehicles were killed. Buckling up protects against this. Only 1% of people wearing seat belts were totally ejected from their vehicles.

When used, lap/shoulder belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45%.

Nine out of ten people buckle up when asked.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Organizations for Youth Safety.

2011 South Dakota Highway Safety Statistics

111 South Dakota crash fatalities were recorded in 2011, down from 140 in 2010. This represents a 50-year low for the state.

14 drivers under the age of 21 were involved in a fatal traffic crash in 2011; this figure represents a 36.4% decrease from the previous year and a 35.3% decline since 2007.

Pedestrian fatalities dropped from 9 in 2010 to 7 in 2011.

A total of 37 individuals were killed in 2011 as a result of traffic crashes involving at least one speeding driver, an increase of 12.1% from 2010. 83.8% of these fatalities occurred on rural roadways.

The annual seat belt survey administered through OHS estimated seat belt use at 73.4% in 2011, a decline from the 2010 rate of 74.5%. Consequently, the number of all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants involved in traffic crashes increased 16.8% from 2010 to 2011.