Trend of Declining Traffic Deaths Continues in First Half of 2010

Traffic accident deaths continue to decline.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated 14,996 people died in car crashes in the first half of 2010, and while that number may seem high, it represents a 9.2 percent decline from the first six months of 2009. This decline continues a trend of fewer traffic accident fatalities every year since 2005.

In fact, last year traffic fatalities were at their lowest level since 1950.

The falling figures aren’t a matter of a decline in driving. In the first half of 2010, the estimated death toll equated to 1.02 fatalities per 100 million miles driven, down from a rate of 1.12 per 100 million miles a year earlier. The rate has fallen steadily since the first half of 2006, when the figure was 1.38 per 100 million miles.

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