NCDOT has just published its 2018 report on traffic crashes in North Carolina.
For our three-county region (McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford), Polk has the lowest crash rate per million vehicle miles traveled (MVMT) at 131.48, putting it at 97 of the 100 counties. McDowell is 238.25 (62 of 100) and Rutherford is 247.00 (55 of 100). Both are below the state average of 307.32.
Rutherford and McDowell are quite close to the state average for percent alcohol-related crashes at 3.8% and 3.5% (state: 3.5%). Polk was substantially higher at 4.6%.
Looking at bicycle and pedestrian crashes, there was an average of 2 per year across the region. For pedestrian crashes, the 5-year average is 19 per year.
See more about our region below or go here for the full report.