Traffic fatalities fall to lowest level since 1949

April 02, 2011

The number of traffic fatalities continued its welcomed downward trajectory last year, falling 3% to its lowest levels since 1949, and a 25 percent drop from 2005, according to U.S. Department of Transportation estimates released Friday. Experts say changes in car design and campaigns to create better drivers contributed to the decline in traffic deaths.


• Experts cite numerous factors in the drop
• Emphasis on distracted driving has helped, transportation secretary says
• The recession and high gas prices are also a factor
• At the end of 2010, fatalities began to trend back up

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