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New England saw over 18% more fatalities in 2010 than 2009  (Source: Detroit News)
Less deaths thanks to safer cars and other factors

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 this summer.

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 safety first."

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]."



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RE: "We don't care"
By Gzus666 on 4/1/2011 11:05:51 PM , Rating: 2
You won't change people's driving habits. Believe it or not, a large sum of people are really just dumb as hell. The average IQ in America is 101 last I checked. There are tons below that obviously.

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An Australian study showed that the chances of being involved in a fatal crash doubled with every 10km/hr increase above 50 km/hr.


Once again, correlation does not equal causation, how are you not getting this? Do they not teach logic in any school? Studies like that are flawed because most people who get into wrecks speed and drive unsafe. Speeding is not the major problem, you can go as fast as you want as long as you give yourself proper distance to stop and don't swerve all over. If speed was the issue, the Autobahn would be littered with wrecks.

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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.


Where are you getting this garbage? You are just babbling and not going anywhere with this. 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. They made cars safer so we could coddle the idiots and try to save the people who are bystanders.

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. In fact on my way home from work today, I had someone swerve into my lane with no signal 3 times within about 300 feet. No speeding involved, just stupidity. The other one was some jackass going 55 in a 70 and then everyone swerves around them to go the speed limit.

The real fix is taking the driver out and replacing them with a computer. That will be the day we no longer have to deal with wrecks.


RE: "We don't care"
By rdeegvainl on 4/2/2011 1:43:16 PM , Rating: 2
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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.

I will quote you on this one, correlation does not equal causation, and to one up you on this, he cited a study, with research, and you cited... nothing. Those drivers that are bad because they are "bored" obviously do not have a respect for driving, as it is supposed to be about quickly getting to a destination, which implies safety by default, as accidents stop you from getting to your destination. The roads are not a race track, and as such are not about alleviating your boredom.

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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.

Take a look at it from the other perspective, every near accident has been because of
1) swerving,
2)someone not keeping a safe distance or paying attention to drivers in front of them
3) drivers not respecting the speed limit as what it is, the MAXIMUM speed, not the minimum.

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The other one was some jackass going 55 in a 70 and then everyone swerves around them to go the speed limit.

I'm going to assume this was a highway because of the high speed limit, and unless the posted minimum speed limit is over 55, the slower driver is within his rights. The problem here is the people swerving to pass. How about they pay attention to the road conditions ahead of them, so they know that they need to pass before they are on someones ass.

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The real fix is taking the driver out and replacing them with a computer.

Completely agree here.

Again people, posted speed limits are the MAXIMUM allowed speed, not the minimum.


RE: "We don't care"
By lyeoh on 4/3/2011 2:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
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The average IQ in America is 101 last I checked. There are tons below that obviously.


That should not be too surprising given that IQ tests are made so that 100 = median score. While median is not average, the tests are designed so that most people end up a certain distance from 100.

A better indication of intelligence and ignorance is the fact that George W Bush got re-elected :).


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