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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 BZDTemp on 4/3/2011 10:41:58 AM , Rating: 2
If you really want people to drive better then replace the steering wheel airbag with a visible spike.

Many people drive to a certain perceived level of danger/comfort level. This is why people in big cars tend to drive faster so what is needed is to make people feel less safe even though cars are getting safer. It's the same thing with crash helmets and motor cycles which is why the crash helmet has less of a positive effect in the statistics than you would think.

The danger effect is also seen in the traffic death statistics when you look at the effect of snow and ice on the roads. When it's clearly visible to people that driving is hazardous due to slippery roads there is actually fever accidents per driven mile even though it should be more logical the effect was the opposite.

Of course taking away the airbag and putting in a spike is absurd but other things could be done. Imagine a car where the gas pedal gets heavy if the car is speeding or a radar in the car senses the safe distance to the car in front is too small.


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