The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety has released preliminary data showing that the 134 fatalities on Maine roadways in 2023 was the lowest number since 2014.
Prior to 2014, the fatility numbers were not this low since there were 119 in 1944.
Highway Safety Director Lauren Stewart:
Though this is a vast improvement over the prior several years, the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety recognizes that there is still plenty of work to be done because one life lost is one too many.
From Maine State Police:
According to the 2023 Maine Seatbelt Use Survey, 94.5% of motorists observed on Maine roadways were using their seatbelt during the daylight hours. This is the highest observed rate thus far. However, the same cannot be said about observed seatbelt usage during the nighttime hours. That number dropped to 77.5% which was the lowest observed nighttime rate in 12 years. In 2023, 60% of the motor vehicle occupants that were killed on Maine roads were not wearing their seatbelt. Due to this, the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is awarding grant funding to law enforcement agencies to conduct nighttime seatbelt enforcement in order to combat this alarming trend.
More on the data 2023 EOY Press Release.