Traffic Car Accident Deaths at a Record Low for 2009

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[Best Syndication News] The US Department of Transportation announced that there was a record low of overall traffic fatalities for 2009, so low that it hasn't been this low since 1954. This was the 15th quarter in a row that has seen a decline in traffic deaths which is showing as a consistent trend.

The number of highway deaths for 2009 were 33,963 which was a reduction by 8.9 percent from the previous year with 37,261 deaths reported. The fatality rate is also the lowest of record with 1.16 fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles Traveled which in 2008 this number was 1.25 per 100 million.

“This continuing decline in highway deaths is encouraging, but our work is far from over,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland. “We want to see those numbers drop further. We will not stop as long as there are still lives lost on our nation’s highways. We must continue our efforts to ensure seat belts are always used and stay focused on reducing distracted and impaired driving.”

Why are their fewer fatalites from car accidents on the roadways? The NHTSA said things like the Click It or Ticket campaign makes drivers use their seat belts more than before. Other campaigns that warn about the Drunk Driving called Over the Limit, Under Arrest which helps to warn about drunk driving and being distracted while driving. The government also attributes the reduction in deadly car accidents to safer roads, safer vehicles, and to people driving their cars less than before.

The traffic death rate for 2009 is currently an estimate with the final count for the year will be made available by the summer of 2010.

By: N Wilson

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