The U. S. Transportation Secretary, Mary E. Peters, said that highway deaths due to car accidents should decline by 10% in 2009. In 2008, approximately 31,110 people were killed in auto accidents between January and October compared with 34,502 during the same months in 2007.
The reason for the decreased number of fatalities is in part due to people driving less due to higher gas prices . However, even with motorists driving fewer miles, there are fewer deaths per mile driven. In 2008, there 1.28 fatalities per million miles driven compared to 137 miles during the same time frame reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Other factors in lower car accident deaths are:
- Seat belt use — nearly 85% of Americans now wear their seat belts.
- Safer vehicles — automobiles are built safer and safety devices such as air bags are built in.
- Stricter law enforcement — alcohol-related deaths in car accidents have fallen from 609% in 1982 than less than 40% in 2004.
In summary, traffic deaths have steadily fallen from 47,000 in 1988 to around 32,000 in 2009.
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