Highway deaths drop to a record low

U.S. highway deaths reached a historic low last year according to the Depart of Transportation. The death rate for 2007 was 1.37 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled – the lowest ever. The death toll totaled 41,059, the lowest since 2004.

According to Mary Peters, Transportation Secretary, said the record low was achieved due to safe vehicles, aggressive law enforcement and government programs.

Peters said that motorcycle deaths are still a growing problem with deaths up 6.6 percent last year.

 

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