Friday, December 12, 2008

High Gas $ = Fewer Fatalities?

It's probably impossible to draw a direct causal link between high gas prices, less driving and ultimately fewer fatalities, but data is pretty compelling. Traffic fatalities to be lowest on record
The number of people killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. this year is expected to be the lowest on record, federal transportation officials said Thursday.

Early projections show traffic deaths for the first 10 months of 2008 are down about 10 percent compared with the same period last year. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 31,110 people died on the nation's roads from January through October, compared with 34,502 during the same period in 2007.

In addition, the fatality rate per 100 million vehicles miles traveled for the first nine months of 2008 is 1.28, compared to 1.37 for 2007.
[via The Daily Dish]

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