It could be stronger law enforcement or better vehicle safety features, but whatever it is there’s been a decline in traffic deaths. But a federal safety official said more analysis needs to be done.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic deaths in the U.S. fell to their lowest total in five years in 2006 and the rate of deaths per miles traveled dropped to a record low.
Highway crashes killed over 42,000 people last year. That compares with the over 43,000 who died in 2005.
The NHTSA said the fatality rate was the lowest rate recorded by the Department of Transportation. However, deaths in alcohol-related crashes remained essentially the same.