Traffic Deaths in 2011 Fewest in Six Decades

Traffic Deaths in 2011 Fewest in Six Decades

News Dec 11, 2012

Traffic deaths in the USA continued their historic decline last year, falling to the lowest level since 1949, the government announced Monday.

A total of 32,367 motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians died in 2011, a 1.9% decrease from 2010. Last year's toll represents a 26% decline from 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

The trend may not last, however.

Preliminary data for this year shows that motor vehicle deaths and injuries are trending upward again, said Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

"States have been informally reporting to us that the numbers are generally up throughout the year," said Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents states on road-safety issues. "We think the increase is likely because of a stronger economy and the low baseline of deaths the last few years."

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood attributed the decline in recent years to aggressive enforcement and public education campaigns and continuing improvements in technology aimed at building safer vehicles and roads.

"As we look to the future, it will be more important than ever to build on this progress by continuing to tackle head-on issues like seat belt use, drunk driving and driver distraction," LaHood said.

The decline came in a year in which Americans drove 1.2% fewer miles. The nation last year registered the lowest rate of traffic deaths on record: 1.1 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, down from 1.11 in 2010, NHTSA reported.

Key numbers in the 2011 data:

Deaths dropped by 4.6% for occupants of passenger cars and light trucks (including SUVs, minivans and pickups) but rose 20% for occupants of large trucks.

Continue Reading

Trucking industry officials suspect there may be a connection between states increasing their speed limits and the increase in deaths for occupants ofl arge trucks, said Sean McNally, a spokesman for the American Trucking Associations.

Texas, for example, recently increased the speed limit to 85 mph on Highway 130 between Austin and San Antonio, the fastest in the nation, he noted.

Fatalities rose 8.7% for bicyclists, 3% for pedestrians and 2.1% for motorcycle riders.

"Our culture is beginning to move away from driving and toward healthier and greener modes of transportation," Adkins said. "We need to be able to accommodate all these forms of transportation safely."

Deaths in crashes involving drunken drivers fell 2.5% in 2011, taking 9,878 lives compared with 10,136 in 2010.

For state-by-state comparisons, go to usatoday.com

Copyright 2012 Gannett Company, Inc.All Rights Reserved

Source
USA TODAY
From staff and wire reports
A leading healthcare Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and data provider taps a marketing veteran to support Its rapid growth.
The girl happened to crash into the back of an FDNY ambulance, whose crew members got out and helped her stop the car and revived her father with Narcan.
The 25-year-old woman was found overdosing in her bathroom along with her young son, who needed several doses of Narcan to become responsive and was later discovered to have fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.
The QuikLitter Lite is designed to be lightweight and compact so multiple litters can be carried simultaneously to a scene.
The highly skilled team members practiced drills inside a local school in preparation for a possible active shooter situation.
Any first responders who are permanently disabled due to injuries that occurred in the line of duty are eligible for a property tax exemption following an amendment to the state's constitution passed last year.
Pulsara has been selected as one of the finalist's in Fierce Innovation Awards for its product Prehospital Alerting Package, an app that allows EMS providers to send patient information to the emergency department en route to the hospital for patient care optimization.
The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management conducted an exercise for the county's Emergency Operations Center's protocol for recovery efforts following a category 4 hurricane.
Avaya plans to honor the Texas Commission as it sees the adoption of Kari’s Law build across the country, a law which would mandate any company or organization with multi-line telephone systems to provide direct-dial access to 9-1-1.
The company achieves a milestone of its first U.S. regulatory filing for a medical device which would aid in hemostasis and wound care.
Senators will have to vote on multiple amendments on the health care repeal bill.
County commissioners decided to write off over $5 million in uncollectible ambulance bills owed by residents, an amount that has been building since the 1940s.
The amount of deaths caused by substance abuse and mental health issues in the first half of 2017 have surpassed the total deaths of 2016.

The raging wildfires have forced 10,000 residents to evacuate their homes. 

For the first time in my EMS career, I froze.