The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 32,310 people died last year in traffic accidents, the lowest number since 1949.

NHTSA obtained that number though a statistical projection, which shows that traffic fatalities dropped 1.7 percent compared to 2010 numbers. The announcement, released today, also shows Americans collectively drove 1.2 percent less in 2011 – dropping 35.7 billion vehicle miles traveled. (NHTSA expects the fatality rate to drop in 2011 as well, predicting 1.09 American deaths for every 100 million miles driven.)

U.S. traffic fatalities have dropped seven years in a row, with the 43,510 people dying in traffic accidents in 2005. NHTSA attributes a number of factors to the continued decrease in fatalities including increased seat belt use and more safety devices inside vehicles.

By region, NHTSA noted that accidents in New England dropped the most, 7.2 percent, while accidents in California and Hawaii increased the most, 3.3 percent, compared to the year before.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what the original caption was for that image. "Safety was never so sexy"?
      The Truth
      • 2 Years Ago
      I´d like to see numbers compared to the amount fo drivers which increase every year,
      anonymous guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's great news! Too bad the medical expenses are the highest ever and we still pay exorbitant insurance rates because of that fact.
      Tiberius1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice job chopping the Volvo promo pic, guys...
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tiberius1701
        Yep, she first appeared here in a Volvo thread about seatbelts.
      Sir Duke
      • 2 Years Ago
      The hottest crash test dummy EVER!!
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that the deaths are slowing down, we can get right back to increasing the speed limits now right? Since they were only lowered to solve the problem with all these deaths? (I bet nothing will change)
      Repeal_The_Va_Radar_
      • 2 Years Ago
      The traffic death is the lowest in over 60 year but yet in Virginia we still have this DUMB Radar Detector Ban. The traffic death rate in Virginia is not significantly lower then the other 49 states that do not ban radar detectors. The only reason for the radar detector ban in Virginia is revenue. The ban just makes it easier for the police to catch drivers drive a few miles per hour over the posted speed limit. The ban also causes Virginia and retailers in Virginia to lose money to other states. Virginia loses sales tax revenue, retailers loose sales and installers loose business all due to this DUMB ban. The Radar Detector Ban is a Lose, Lose for Virginia. The ban also causes Virginia to lose money from Tourists, some people will not come to Virginia because of the radar detector ban.
      Zach
      • 2 Years Ago
      That dummy is hot, I wonder if she bites
      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please tell me that dummy is real model. Otherwise I might have a newfound twisted fetish for mannequins.
      Jesse
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now, can we final lower the drinking age?
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how many died due to improper use or failure to use the restraint systems in their vehicles.
        chromal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        I wonder how many died due to distracted driving, or would not have died had they maintained higher situational awareness.
        CanIGetAWhatWhat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        Well, 47% of drivers killed in 2010 were unbelted, and 51% of passengers killed in 2010 were unbelted: http://www.iihs.org/research/fatality.aspx?topicName=OverviewofFatalityFacts#Seatbeltuse This doesn't necessarily mean that if all of them belted up they wouldn't still have died, but it's probably likely that a good percentage would have.
        Zach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        As in passive ?
      Jobu
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to volunteer to participate in a 'submarine dive' test of the driver's side rear seat. I'll even wear the stickers so it's legit.
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