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NHTSA official: Traffic fatalities far lower in 2010

From speeding and distracted driving to driving under the influence, it always seems as if the number of fatalities on U.S. highways continues to rise despite efforts by local, state, and federal officials to make roads safer.

Interestingly, it now appears as if these efforts may finally be paying off.

According to recently published reports, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is likely to report a rather dramatic reduction in the number of fatalities on U.S. highways over the course of the last year.

Specifically, Deputy Administrator Ronald Medford recently told Wards Auto that the agency's impending 2010 report will indicate that there were 32,788 highway fatalities in 2010, a difference of 1,020 fatalities from 2009, and the lowest overall fatality rate since 1949.

What's behind this steep decline in fatalities?

According to Medford, the primary reason behind these low numbers is the development of more stringent vehicle safety testing coupled with the advent of modern vehicle technology designed to keep occupants safer in the event of a crash.

"It's taken decades for people to become convinced of [the impact] of safety technology," said Medford.

Interestingly, he went on to state that while the overall fatality rate will likely continue to decline, more work has to be done on the part of government officials, automakers and cell phone manufacturers to reduce the risks posed by distracted driving.

"We have challenged the auto industry and the cell phone industry to work collaboratively with us to keep the driver focus on their required task - driving - and to keep them safe."

Stay tuned for further updates on the release of the official NHTSA 2010 report from our New York traffic law blog ...

A speeding ticket can result in serious consequences, including fines, points against your license, increased insurance rates, license suspension/revocation or even jail time. Accordingly, if you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

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NHTSA to report decline in U.S. highway fatalities (Wards Auto)

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