Traffic Congestion Cited as Cause for 2200 Deaths in America Last Year

May 27, 2011

Traffic congestion in America’s largest cities is now being blamed for the premature deaths of at least 2,200 Americans last year, according to a new report by researchers at the Harvard University Center for Risk Analysis.

USA Today reported yesterday the Harvard Study measured the numbers of premature deaths linked to air pollution and vehicle emissions in 83 of our nation’s largest U.S. cities, and estimated the related public health costs at $18 billion last year.

Matt Jeanneret, a spokesman for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association reacted to the Harvard study by saying “Sadly, traffic congestion in America can be summed up this way: time lost, fuel lost---and now, lives lost.”

To learn more about the Harvard report, link to USA today.

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