State-by-State Survey Reveals Dramatic Highway Fatality Reduction
40 States + D.C. Indicate Highway Deaths Down in 2008
Most surprising about the survey was that many states saw a percentage decline in fatalities higher than their percentage decline in Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT). Most states are not yet able to release an indication of VMT from 2008. Notably, however, of the 19 states that indicated a decline in fatalities and provided an estimate of VMT, 17 reported their fatality percentage decline was more than the percentage decline in VMT-in most cases double, triple or even quadruple the decline in VMT.
What does this all mean? GHSA Executive Director
According to Harsha, state highway safety agencies report other factors may have contributed to the fatality reduction, including: gains in seat belt use, stronger state laws and increased enforcement of these laws. Harsha notes that multiple states have reported experiencing a reduction in driver speeds mainly because drivers want to improve their fuel efficiency. For example, the speed of the average
GHSA’s survey results mirror a December report from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In that report, DOT noted that the federal government projects the number of people killed in traffic crashes to reach a new record low for 2008. Early DOT projections revealed a 10 percent drop in deaths for the first 10 months of 2008.
The GHSA survey was conducted during the week on
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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the
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