Numbers reveal driving, parking realities


Nicole Miguez

These graphs, created by Nicole Miguez, with research assistance from Haley Medeiros, offer facts dealing with teen driving and parking lot incidents. On Friday, Aug.17, a minor accident occurred between two student vehicles at the edge of Parking Lot B on the gymnasium side of the school.

According to the National Safety Council one in every five vehicle accidents occur in parking lots, and one of those occurred in the school’s Parking Lot B last Friday.

Yet, also according to the NSC, students – and adults – can take these six specific actions to avoid future parking lot incidents:

  • Stay in lanes and avoid cutting across lots.
  • Drive slowly and use directional signals.
  • Anticipate the actions of other drivers.
  • Obey stop signs and no-parking signs.
  • When backing out, be mindful of vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Watch for small children and parents with baby strollers.

Other statistics gathered include these facts:

  • More than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots each year. Those incidents combined yielded these results:
    • 60,000 injuries and …
    • 500-plus deaths.

Here are a few more of the NSC’s parking stats:

  • Records show 66 percent of drivers nationwide said they would make phone calls while driving through parking lots. Respondents also said they would take the following actions:
    • Program GPS systems (63 percent)
    • Text (56 percent)
    • Use social media (52 percent)
    • Send or receive emails (50 percent)
    • Take photos or watch videos (49 percent)

Pedestrians also should be cautious in parking lots as 20 percent of all pedestrian-vehicle accidents happen there.

Sources used in gathering this information includes these sites:

Police offer safe driving tips

Law requires students view police interaction video prior to graduation

Minor accident occurs in parking lot