The U.S. Department of Transportation, in a Press Release on December 11, said that the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents is expected to be almost 10% less in 2008 than in 2007. The number of people killed in car accidents may be at its lowest levels since the 1960s.
While 2008 is not yet over, the DOT is pretty accurate in its ability to estimate the number of deaths for the year based on the previous months. Their current data shows that approximately 31,110 people were killed in car accidents between January and October of 2008 compared with 34,502 fatalities in 2007 for the same time frame. The DOT reports that for 2008, 1.28 is the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled while in 2007, there were 1.37 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
Click here to read Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities from January to October 2008, a report prepared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Secretary of Transportation, Mary E. Peters, said that the nation’s focus on safety has “led to one of the safest periods in our nation’s transportation history.”
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