The number of fatal North Carolina traffic accidents declined to 1,314 last year from the 1,428 reported in 2008. The number of deadly South Carolina traffic crashes declined only slightly, from 921 in 2008 to 894 last year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 33,808 people were killed in traffic accidents on the nation’s roads last year — the fewest traffic fatalities since 1950, when 33,186 were killed.
Nearly 10 percent fewer deaths were reported than in 2008, when 37,423 motorists were killed on the nation’s roads. Injury accidents also declined, form 2,346 million in 2008 to 2.217 million last year.
Even the number of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents posted a decline for the first time in more than a decade. Although authorities acknowledged there is much more work to be done and promised to emphasize additional safety measures in an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.
“Today’s announcement shows that America’s roads are the safest they’ve ever been,” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “But they must be safer. And we will not rest until they are.”
-The nationwide decline in traffic fatalities was led by Florida (422 fewer) and Texas (405 fewer).
-41 states and the District of Columbus reported a reduction in the number of traffic fatalities.
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