2008 Traffic Deaths Hit Record Low, Says National Safety Council
Factors include safer vehicles, public education, law enforcement
“This is outstanding news for our nation and the people whose lives have been saved by changes in our nation’s driving culture over the past several years,” said
Also contributing to the lower rate are improved vehicle safety features and greater visibility and enforcement of important traffic safety laws, including laws related to seat belt use, child passengers, impaired driving and teen driving.
The estimated cost of crash-related deaths, injuries and property damage also decreased. The 2008 total,
NSC recorded 39,800 motor vehicle-related deaths in 2008, down 8 percent from 2007. NSC’s data-gathering method differs slightly from that of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NSC researchers also clarified that while higher gas prices and other factors contributed to fewer miles driven in 2008, and to the decrease in the number of people killed, the lower motor vehicle death rate demonstrates real reductions attributable to factors other than fewer miles driven.
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SOURCE National Safety Council