Despite all the warnings and talk about traffic
fatalities related to distracted
driving and texting
while driving, many continue these unsafe activities. Despite the continued
ignoring of law in many states by many drivers, the death rate from traffic
fatalities has declined in 2010.
What's impressive about the decline in deaths from
traffic accidents in 2010 is that it happened despite the fact that more driver
miles were reported in 2010. This is the fifth straight year that a reduction
in fatalities on the nation's highways has been recorded. In 2010, the
number of deaths in on the roads in America dropped to 32,788. That is the
lowest number since 1949 according to federal regulators.
Fatalities also declined 3.2% compared to the
number from 2009. The highway miles increased in 2010 to about 20.5 billion
miles more than in 2009.
However, there are three areas in the U.S that
saw an increase in traffic fatalities in 2010. The areas include New England
and the Midwest with fatalities up 18.9% in New England and 3.9% in the
Midwest. The figures are based on projections with final numbers to be released
The 2010 fatality rate is expected to be 1.09
fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled; the rate was 1.13 per 100
million miles in 2009.
"Last year's drop in traffic fatalities is
welcome news and it proves that we can make a difference," said U.S.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Still, too many of our friends and
neighbors are killed in preventable roadway tragedies every day. We will
continue doing everything possible to make cars safer, increase seat belt use,
put a stop to drunk driving and distracted driving and encourage drivers to put
LaHood is one of the driving forces behind the
bans on texting while driving and the push to hands free technology. However,
LaHood isn't opposed to seeking
bans on hands free tech as well if it is found to contribute to accidents on the
nation's roads. The reduced deaths are attributed to better policing of drunk
drivers and safer cars among other things.
David Strickland from the NHTSA said,
"NHTSA will continue pressing forward on all of our safety initiatives to
make sure our roads are as safe [as possible]."
quote: If you want to eliminate the most important risk factors raise the driving age to 25 and ban all mind-altering substances.
quote: besides Antibiotics
quote: Legalization of all drugs (besides Antibiotics) is the only sane solution.
quote: Right...because that has worked very well in preventing people from using them in the past (banning alcohol) and continues working nowadays (banning drugs).
quote: The fact that America achieved its lowest death toll since 1949 tells us the drivers now are better than at any other time in the last 60 years.
quote: People are clearly not better drivers, they are terrible
quote: The more likely cause of less deaths is higher safety
quote: An Australian study showed that the chances of being involved in a fatal crash doubled with every 10km/hr increase above 50 km/hr.
quote: Part of the narrow tolerance is requiring cars to be safer, part of it is designing better roads, part of it is better street lighting, part of it is requiring people to pay for petrol first, part of it is smaller engined and lighter cars, etc. All of those contribute to better safer roads, but the most important factor is the driver.
quote: The issue is people are bad drivers cause they think it is boring. Talk to any bad driver and that is what they tell you.
quote: Every near wreck I have is with someone not using a signal, swerving in and out of traffic, slamming their brakes for no reason and driving under the speed limit.
quote: The other one was some jackass going 55 in a 70 and then everyone swerves around them to go the speed limit.
quote: The real fix is taking the driver out and replacing them with a computer.
quote: The average IQ in America is 101 last I checked. There are tons below that obviously.
quote: As much as you think policing these is stupid, the fact is people are alive today because the policing those factors saves lives, and policing them will save more lives.
quote: "Live free or die."
quote: The purpose of the US gov't should be a way for us to protect our freedom ....
quote: No they did mean live free at the expense of others and yourself.
quote: I can't wait until talking to your passenger is illegal too. LaHood isn't opposed to banning hands-free... essentially the same thing.