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highdesertman
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 8:43:15 PM

Improved technologies and education made America’s roads safer in 2011 than they’d been in more than 60 years, especially for occupants of passenger vehicles, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) reported Monday, and the number of fatalities per vehicle miles traveled was at its lowest level ever.

But DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cautioned that the good news was no reason for American drivers to lower their guard, saying fatalities were still on the rise in some categories, for example for cyclists of all stripes – pedal and motor – and as a result of distracted drivers.

According to NHTSA, traffic fatalities fell to 32,367 in 2011, a 1.9 percent drop over 2010 and the lowest since 1949.

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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 12:38:29 PM

Can't understand all the focus on seat belts. They were mandated in the 60's and the states required use from the mid 80's to the mid 90's and usage has been going up slowly to fairly high levels most places. The total fatalities reached 40k per year by the early 90's and climbed to the max at 43.5k in '05 going in the opposite direction of seat belt laws. Now starting in '06 the accident rate and fatality levels have dropped sharply for 7 years. Seat belts are great and all that much better with air bags but the decline in fatal accidents seems to be driven by other factors.
Active safety systems like stability control have reduced total accidents and hence fatal crashes since they started to become more widely available in the car population.
Seems like NHTSA is trying to justify the spending they do on programs without really worrying about the real world.
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:10:26 AM

Alrighty then
millerin
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 5:39:52 AM

great
BBopp
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 8:47:11 PM

Good deal.
ceklea
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 8:30:04 PM

As U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood concludes, "It will be more important than ever to build on this progress by continuing to tackle head-on issues like seat belt use, drunk driving, and driver distraction."
highdesertman
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 6:00:23 PM

YaBassa wrote: "I would like to see a comparison of miles driven and how it correlates with fewer fatalities"

If you read the full article, it states:

"While Americans drove fewer miles in 2011 than in 2010, the nearly two percent drop in roadway deaths significantly outpaced the corresponding 1.2 percent decrease in vehicle miles traveled."

Does that answer your question?
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:47:48 PM

That is good.
YaBassa
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:48:44 PM

I would like to see a comparison of miles driven and how it correlates with fewer fatalities
darkform
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:47:41 AM

good.
BigTruc
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:29:29 AM

I hope drivers are performing better.
67CTD
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:25:14 AM

good
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:59:59 AM

Good to hear.
fora_7
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:53:50 AM

That's a really good news
BUSMAN1105
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:44:01 AM

THAT'S GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ss70
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:08:43 AM

It shows how good cars have become
FPLREP
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 8:50:49 AM

Bad economy, high gas prices and safer cars?
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 7:47:53 AM

GREAT!!!
bar1035
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 7:20:46 AM

That's what a real rate of unemployment around 20% will do. The government has figured out how to lie to you any a lot of ways
molebaby96
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 6:57:01 AM

Good,but is higher gas prices the cause?
MImusicman
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 6:56:04 AM

Good
07skydriver
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 6:55:25 AM

Just stay home.
335d1
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 6:49:35 AM

Good news.
hokieburgh
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 5:44:48 AM

Kudos to traffic safety research!!!!
StArrow68
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:12:00 AM

Hate to say it but is a lot of self congratulation with very little support. Studies in the early 2000 time frame predicted exactly this kind of decline in fatalities from active safety features like stability control without any of the other factors listed. They have no cause and effect data on which to base their conclusions about why the decline from 43k deaths per year is down to 32k.
OHMS
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 3:05:37 AM

that is NHTSA; not DOT
unipanini
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:17:37 AM

that's great!
leemun
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:15:38 AM

There's still a lot to be done, especially with regard to texting and cell phones.
danindenver
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:13:39 AM

"something about this just doesnt ring true to me"

You mean the fact that deaths are down, but they're up at the same time?

Smoke and mirrors.

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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:06:39 AM

Good
LQQKGAS
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:38:45 AM


And the speed limit in Texas is back up to 80 MPH.

Jimmy Carters 55 MPH seemed like driving in a school crosswalk zone!
MN1
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:34:07 AM

Good
millerin
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:02:58 AM

great!
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:59:43 PM

Cool.
jwkycola
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:47:49 PM

Safer cars and mostly safer drivers. But with driving and texting, not a good trend.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:39:14 PM

something about this just doesnt ring true to me
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:38:31 PM


Great progress as most young drivers know enough to use their seat/shoulder belts. Not all young drivers are inattentive or text constantly.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:25:49 PM

Thanks to safer car.
drobbbb
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:23:07 PM

safer cars
andy1024
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:18:10 PM

Cars are also getting smarter, that may have helped, too.
EdWoods
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:17:02 PM

Great. But we can do better. Start by getting those 15% of all American Drivers who simply can't drive off the road........
davenles
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 10:52:59 PM

Good to hear.
roadrunnin
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 10:13:32 PM

airbags GOOD, gadgets BAD
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:48:59 PM

Good news!
alterman156
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:47:35 PM

Good. Traffic accident deaths should go down even further.
iFueler
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:38:57 PM

now this is a good trend... safer cars, and in some cases, safer roads...
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:32:36 PM

Safer vehicles=lower deaths
Cellsite
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:30:51 PM

Good start. Now, STOP texting, eating, putting on makeup, shaving, digging in your purse, futzing with the radio and GPS, smoking, messing with the kids, reading a map or newspaper, talking on the phone, or anything else that distracts from DRIVING!
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:23:09 PM


Deaths my be lower because of the way the cars are built these days but I am sure the accident rate is quite high.
YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:11:41 PM

It looks like a variety of factors have enabled this decline.
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:09:24 PM

nice to read this.
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:06:13 PM

Good news
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