Dollars & Sense

June 30, 2014


The record low number of boating fatalities for Louisiana in 2013, reported by state wildlife officials.

The previous low for boating fatalities was 19 in 1992 with a high of 79 in 1974 — the first year boating incident statistics were recorded. Since 2010, Louisiana has averaged 25 boating fatalities a year.

The drop in boating fatalities is primarily attributed to the state’s mandatory boating education class. Since 2003, more than 50,000 boaters statewide have been certified.

Officials say stricter driving or operating a vessel while under the influence enforcement and introducing new regulations for wearing a personal flotation device also helped lower the numbers.


The amount per year State Farm plans to pay the state of Ohio to place advertising on vans that help stranded motorists.

The four-year contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation gives the company sponsorship rights for the agency’s safety patrol vehicles.

The vans monitor major interstates for stranded motorists, helping them change tires, jump start cars and providing fuel and coolant.

Freeways around Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Akron-Canton are patrolled from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ODOT’s safety patrol program helped more than 90,000 motorists in 2013.

$445 Billion

Is the amount per year in trade theft due to computer hacking, which is expected to worsen, according to a report from former U.S. intelligence officials. Financial companies, retailers and energy companies are at risk from sophisticated thieves who pilfer data from their servers.

More than 40 million people in the U.S. have had their personal information stolen within the last year.

The top five cyberattack methods reported in an unrelated survey on cybersecurity were malware, phishing, network interruption, spyware and denial-of-service attacks.


The total number of motorcycles reported stolen in 2013, compared with 46,601 reported stolen in 2012 — a decrease of 1.5 percent. That’s according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), which released a report on motorcycle thefts in the United States for 2013.

Motorcycles are most susceptible to thefts during mild times of the year. Most thefts occurred during the summer months and the fewest during the winter.

July had the highest number of reported thefts in 2013 with 5,360. August was next with 5,288, followed by September with 4,793. The fewest thefts were reported in February with 2,124, followed by December with 2,546 and March with 2,674.


The percent increase in large truck crash fatalities since 2009, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) statistics. In one year alone large trucks were involved in 317,000 traffic crashes resulting in an average of 75 deaths per week. That’s 11 per day.

In 2012, there were nearly 10.7 million tractor-trailers and large trucks on the roads in the U.S., the FMCSA says.


The number of recordable injuries and/or illnesses per 100 full-time workers in 2012 for Ohio, which is lower than the national average of 3.7.

Transportation and warehousing had the most non-fatal injury and illness incidents in private industry in Ohio. Other industries with high incident rates were healthcare and social assistance, manufacturing, retail trade and construction.

Employers can access state and national data about non-fatal workplace injuries on the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) website.The data is compiled as part of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

$483.4 Million

The amount in cash and investments at the end of March 2014 held by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. TWIA reported more than $100 million in reserves earmarked for the remaining lawsuits associated with Hurricanes Ike and Dolly.

Net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $91.2 million. Written premium was up by about 4.4 percent, attributed mostly to a 5 percent rate increase that went into effect on Jan. 1. TWIA’s Catastrophe Reserve Trust Fund held around $210 million at the end of March.

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