4/02/2011 11:40 AM ET |
Filed under: Etc.
Yayyy! People are learning how to drive better!
Traffic related fatalities have dropped to the lowest number since 1949 with 32,788 people losing their lives in traffic accidents last year, compared to 43,510 people killed only six years ago and 54,589 killed in 1972!
Don't get us wrong, we'd like that number to get to 0 if possible, but at least it's on the way.
Experts are saying the steady drop is due to numerous reasons including safety innovation in the automobile industry, campaigns against drunk driving/distracted driving/seat belt use, and even laws aimed at young people such as minimum drinking age and graduated drivers' licenses.
The economy is also playing a role in the falling number of vehicle fatalities.
Officials say high gas prices as well as the rise in unemployment rates in the United States have kept young drivers off of the road.
Well, that's one benefit of a recession! Ha!
This is great news and we hope the number of traffic related fatalities continues to drop!
[Image via AP Images.]
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