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Traffic Fatalities Lowest Since 1949

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Traffic fatalities lowest since 1949

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!

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17 comments to “Traffic Fatalities Lowest Since 1949”

  1. 1

    not to bad only a week late on this one

  2. 2

    Ummm. let's be clear, people are not driving better. people not driving and seat belts are more likely the reason.

  3. 3

    It is not only keeping YOUNG people off the road it is keeping all absolutely unnecessary driving undone…who can afford it but rich people?

  4. 4

    wear your seat belts! my brother's boyfriend died in a single car accident on a sunny Saturday morning SOLELY because he was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the car. if people wore their seat belts, this number could continue to go down.

  5. 5

    No no, Perez. Don't be fooled. People are NOT driving better. I started driving at 14 in 2004, and since then… I've noticed more people almost hit me, running solid red lights, lack of turn signals (that one REALLY gets under my skin) and not looking when lane changing, since 2004. Honestly!

    I can say that I have never been in an accident where I was driving, never came close to me hitting someone and it being my fault, and never have been pulled over or have gotten a ticket. It's not hard to be a good driver, you just have to WATCH, be PATIENT, and use COMMON SENSE. A lot of people are good drivers, but most aren't and it's scary!

    The only reason the fatalities are low is because since 1949, cars have changed a lot. I just got a 2011 Honda Civic (it's awesome and cheap payments btw) and they have air bags in the doors even. The metal is built differently now and the safety features in cars have changed a lot. It wasn't that long ago before people were legally obliged to wear a seat beat. Back in 1989 my mom was almost killed in an accident with a semi, she wasn't wearing a seat belt… but her doctor had told her, the way the seat beat was designed… you would of most definitely had been dead if you would of wore it.

    See, seat belts are so different now even! It's not the drivers who are getting better, it's the cars!

  6. Coqi says – reply to this


    Seriously. Open another website for your political, economical and more "mainstream" news cut 'n pasting. This particular site (Your ORIGINAL) is for Celebrity news. Thanks.

  7. 7

    Maybe it's because parents are protecting their children better by keeping them rear facing and harnessed longer…

  8. 8

    Maybe it's because parents are better protecting their kids by keeping them rear facing and harnessed longer.

  9. sanaa says – reply to this


    Re: lucky4me13 – I agree, wear your seat belt and try and drive a car with an air bag, I exited a bad crash more or less unscathed thanks to the seat belt I was wearing and the air bag that deployed.

  10. 10

    Less ppl are driving because they cannot afford to drive (gas/insurance), they do not have a job to drive to, teens are having to wait until they are 18 to be able to get their own insurance (if they have the job and car needed to get the insurance), less ppl are buying things that need to be delivered, more ppl are emailing/texting, therefore not sending letters in the mail, more ppl are paying their bills online, so less mail needs to be delivered, etc, etc etc
    this is not rocket science.

  11. 11

    LOL….not in Tennessee.

  12. @v@ says – reply to this


    Interesting. Seat belt laws no doubt also helped after 1972. Skewed insurance rates also keep younger people off the roads, apart from unemployment and gas prices.

  13. 13

    thats good to hear..however people still drive like crap there are accidents all the time because idiots don't pay attention or don't know how to drive..I think accidents should be call dumbassccidents..

  14. 14

    it's hard to believe that the recession is keeping younger drivers off the road

  15. 15

    "thats one benefit of the recession, HA" ..can i punch you in the face homo.

  16. 16

    Um, the reason why there are less deaths is because there are SO MANY CARS out there, and there is SO MUCH TRAFFIC, nobody can go fast enough to die in a car crash.

  17. 17

    Well thats some good news!!