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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 The Raven on 4/4/2011 10:07:06 AM , Rating: 2
I still don't get you, because if a drunk driver crashes into you, he kills you and himself. How is that different than the guy who takes ABs and kills you and himself?

I know you might be looking at the bigger picture where many people are killed by the superbugs, but for that one person or family that the drunk kills it is no different.

Still, I would rather have the Abs distributed in a relatively professional manner than just having people trading them on the street with incorrect instructions for use. That will get us to the superbugs faster than the current state of affairs. In theory, it only takes one moron to get an epidemic started.

RE: "We don't care"
By Kurz on 4/4/2011 1:57:17 PM , Rating: 2
I think you misunderstood me... I am not saying Anti-biotics are going to be illegal to take... I am saying that it should be a controlled substance, while all other drugs should be legalized to take with or without doctor recommendation.

If I bust my foot I should be able to go CVS and pick up an Opiate pain killer.

Though you are blaming the drug and not the individual.
I hold the individual accountable for their own actions.

However, I hold the exception for Anti-biotics because even now Bacteria are becoming resistant to our best efforts.

RE: "We don't care"
By Samus on 4/4/2011 4:02:45 PM , Rating: 2
I smashed head-on into a concrete wall in my SVT Focus auto-x'ing and yes, I had a 4-point harness, but it still felt like a cloud colliding with a pillow . The door opened, I got out. The car was completely totalled. In retrospect, well worth it.

Thank you, governing bodies of the world, for pressuring automotive manufactures to make safer cars. I've been in a similar accident in a 80's Fox-body Mustang, and lets just say I've had a limp since the dash smashed my knee. The irony being the hood was 16" longer than the Focus, and the Mustang actually weighed less.

RE: "We don't care"
By Kurz on 4/5/2011 9:57:34 AM , Rating: 2
Sad... Last time I checked 4-point harnesses were not stock.

RE: "We don't care"
By The Raven on 4/6/2011 10:15:33 AM , Rating: 2
I hear you now. Though if I were to buy ABs from someone in that case I would still want to do it on the black market and just get advice from my doctor friend instead of having to put down a copay and miss work, etc. You could make it illegal to do such just as long as you don't hold the doc liable. I would break that law (if I wanted ABs).

But I did not misunderstand you... you just said it completely wrong.
Legalization of all drugs (besides Antibiotics) is the only sane solution.

But we all do that sometimes. Its all good now.

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