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April 4, 2011

US Traffic Deaths At New Low In 2010


Traffic deaths have dropped by 25% over the last five years. Americans are driving more, 20 million miles more compared to 2009, but safer cars are allowing more motorists to survive accidents. 2010 saw a decline of 3%, setting a new record low the U.S.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said too many people are still killed in preventable crashes. His words put an exclamation mark on the factors that are improving traffic safety: increased seat belt use, better vehicle safety, and stronger regulations on teen drivers. ‘We will continue doing everything possible to make cars safer, increase seat belt use, put a stop to drunk driving and distracted driving,’ LaHood said.

The numbers for the first nine months of 2010 show a total of 1.09 deaths for every 100 million miles driven by American motorists. The lower death numbers are a continuance of a trend that started early this century.

At times it may seem that government interference and regulation is an unnecessary burden, but, in the case of vehicle safety, it seems to be working.

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