Traffic Fatalities Drop Nationwide, Slight Increase in NY and Surrounding Region
The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced this month that 32,788 traffic fatalities occurred in 2010 nationwide – the lowest number recorded since 1949 when record keeping began. This number is the lowest in history despite the significant increase in vehicles on the road during that 61-year period.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood attributes this decline in traffic deaths to efforts to improve roadway safety through car accident prevention. “We will continue doing everything possible to make cars safer, increase seat belt use, put a stop to drunk and distracted driving, and encourage drivers to put safety first,” Secretary LaHood said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that the number of 2010 traffic fatalities dropped three percent from 2009’s record low of 33,808. More significantly, car accident fatalities have decreased 25 percent since 2005, nationwide. The decrease in fatalities for 2010 occurred despite an estimated increase of nearly 21 billion miles in national vehicle miles traveled since 2009.
While the national traffic fatality count saw a three percent drop from 2009, the region including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York experienced an approximately 2.5% increase in traffic deaths during that same time.
All NY drivers, including those in Binghamton, should continue to be vigilant when driving to do their part in improving highway safety and decreasing the number of car accidents. Advances in technology such as texting, cell phone usage, and GPS devices are adding to the distractions to a driver, and practicing good defensive driving is critical to avoiding accidents caused by those distracted drivers.
Anti-distracted driving campaigns continue to be the focus of DOT efforts, and a year-long pilot law enforcement program which includes the cities of Syracuse, NY, and Hartford, CT, was launched to test whether increased law enforcement efforts and public service announcements can reduce cell phone usage while driving.
During a two week-long period of stepped up enforcement, police in Syracuse issued 4,446 tickets for violations involving drivers talking or texting on cell phones. Based on observations and surveys taken after the stepped -up law-enforcement effort, hand-held cell phone usage by Syracuse drivers dropped 38 percent. Similarly, texting declined 42 percent in Syracuse.
The accident attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law stress the importance of these campaigns and NY drivers’ efforts in keeping our highways safe. We also encourage drivers to remain alert and aware at all times.
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