Entries in Traffic Deaths (2)


Highway Deaths Increasing as States Fail to Adopt Safety Laws

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dozens of states have failed to pass or enforce life-saving driving laws, a new highway safety report card released on Tuesday finds.  And that's one reason why U.S. highway deaths jumped more than 7 percent last year.

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety notes that since safety law recommendations were approved in the 1970s, the best states have just 12 of the 15 laws in place.  Six states -- South Dakota, Mississippi, Arizona, Nebraska, Montana and Wyoming -- have the fewest ideal highway safety laws and some of the highest numbers of fatal accidents.

"This is a highway crash epidemic that effects every state, every year; we are losing more than 33,000 people a year in highway crashes," says the group's president, Jackie Gillian.

And it's not just a state issue, as she points out.

"A motto that people use in those states [is], 'Let those who ride decide'.  My version of that is, 'Let those who pay have a say,'" says Gillian, who notes that all drivers ultimately pay the cost for highway accidents.

"This isn't really just an individual right, this is something that all of us are paying for. ...The costs for one year is over $230 billion, which translates into a crash tax of $750 dollars for every person in the United States," she explains.

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Traffic Deaths in US Fall to Lowest Level in 60 Years

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The number of Americans killed on roads last year fell to its lowest level in 60 years despite a jump in miles traveled, government officials announced Friday.

According to projections by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic deaths declined to 32,788 in 2010, marking a three percent drop from the previous year and the lowest number of fatalities since 1949.  Moreover, since 2005, the total number of deaths has dropped by 25 percent.

The drop came even as Americans drove further in 2010, tacking on close to 21 billion more miles on their odometers than they did the year before, the NHTSA said.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the decrease in traffic deaths comes in part because more people are buckling up.

"We've had a very strong Click It or Ticket campaign for 20 years where we have persuaded 85 percent of the people to buckle up," LaHood told ABC News.

Yet the secretary declared "we can't rest on our laurels" since over 30,00 people still died, and pledged the government will remain vigilant about stopping traffic deaths.

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