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Traffic deaths tied to driving while distracted by activities such as talking on a mobile phone or eating fell 6 percent last year from the previous 12 months, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

Crashes linked to drivers being distracted behind the wheel caused 5,474 deaths last year, down from 5,838 a year earlier and accounting for 16 percent of all road fatalities in 2009, unchanged from the previous year, according to the National Read the rest of this entry »

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Traffic deaths in the USA are at a 60-year low despite a slight uptick in miles driven, and the chances of dying on the road are the lowest ever, the Department of Transportation says.

The number of people who died on the nation’s roads fell 3,615, or 9.7%, from 2008 to 33,808 last year, the latest available data from the department. That was the lowest total since 33,186 people were killed in 1950, when there were one-fifth the number of vehicles Read the rest of this entry »

Drivers who think other motorists pose the biggest hazard might want to think again — and pay more attention.

Single-car crashes cause most of the deaths on Delaware roads, and the large majority are blamed on distracted drivers, the AAA Mid-Atlantic mototists? group reported today.

Its analysis of newly released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data on roadway statistics also shows such deaths are on the rise. Single-vehicle Read the rest of this entry »

Drunk driving deaths in California dropped for a third straight year in 2008, the state Office of Traffic Safety said Thursday, but motorcycle fatalities continued a decade-long rise that mirrors national trends.

Overall, traffic deaths dropped by 14% in 2008, to 3,434, the state said, using figures released last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Alcohol-related deaths accounted for slightly less than one-third Read the rest of this entry »

(CNN) — The number of Americans killed on U.S. highways last year was the lowest since 1961, the Department of Transportation announced Monday.

Last year’s death toll was put at 37,313. In 1961, the number of lives lost was 36,285. The numbers were compiled by the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition, the rate of deaths on U.S. highways hit a record low last year — 1.28 fatalities per 100 million vehicle Read the rest of this entry »

An economic downturn can have a bright side: U.S. highway deaths in 2008 fell to their lowest level since John F. Kennedy was president.

The recession and $4 per gallon gas meant people drove less to save more. Experts also cited record high seat belt use, tighter enforcement of drunken driving laws and the work of advocacy groups that encourage safer driving habits.

Yahoo! BuzzPreliminary figures being released by the government Read the rest of this entry »

Annual traffic crash deaths are on the verge of dropping below 40,000 for the first time since the early 1960s, and it’s not solely because our miserable economy is taking drivers off the roads.

Significant declines in roadway fatalities and injuries also can’t be explained away with the period last summer when we paid $4 for a gallon of gas.

“There is something else going on,” said Michael Sivak, a research professor who leads the Read the rest of this entry »