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Highway Fatalities

October 21, 1988|Clipboard researched by Susan Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

Fatalities on Orange County's roadways during the first 6 months of 1988 took a decided downturn from the comparable period one year ago. Between January and June of this year (the period for which the latest information is available), 127 people died in the county. That is a 16% decrease from last year. Those numbers reflect a trend that is also apparent in the four counties surrounding Orange. In fact, Riverside and San Bernardino both showed higher percentage decreases. However, Orange County's rate of fatalities per 100,000 licensed drivers was easily the best of the five jurisdictions. Within the county, 3 cities, La Palma, Los Alamitos and Villa Park, registered no such deaths during the first 6 months of either 1987 or 1988.

Jan.-June Jan.-June % Change, * Per 100,000 County 1987 1988 1987-'88 Driver Rate Los Angeles 582 511 -12 9.46 Orange 152 127 -16 7.58 Riverside 170 128 -25 20.96 San Bernardino 226 177 -22 23.02 San Diego 182 163 -10 10.46 STATE TOTAL 2,540 2,213 -13 11.92

* Deaths per 100,000 licensed drivers, January-June, 1988.

Jan.-June Jan.-June City 1987 1988 Anaheim 23 29 Brea 2 1 Buena Park 5 1 Costa Mesa 4 4 Cypress 1 5 Fountain Valley 1 6 Fullerton 9 5 Garden Grove 5 7 Huntington Beach 6 8 Irvine 5 8 Laguna Beach 6 0 La Habra 1 0 La Palma 0 0 Los Alamitos 0 0 Newport Beach 1 2 Orange 6 5 Placentia 1 0 San Clemente 3 0 San Juan Capistrano 6 1 Santa Ana 14 16 Seal Beach 1 4 Stanton 3 1 Tustin 2 1 Villa Park 0 0 Westminster 13 4 Yorba Linda 5 1 Unincorporated areas 29 18 COUNTY TOTAL 152 127

Source: California Highway Patrol; California State Department of Finance; California State Department of Motor Vehicles

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