Jul

14

A quick bit of Google research indicates that traffic deaths in 1972 were about 54500. Heres a chart from 1988 to 2005:

1988 42,130
1989 40,741
1990 39,836
1991 36,937
1992 34,942
1993 35,780
1994 36,254
1995 37,241
1996 37,494
1997 37,324
1998 37,107
1999 37,140
2000 37,526
2001 37,862
2002 38,491
2003 38,477
2004 38,444
2005 39,189

In other words, absolute fatalities declined after 1972, and have been more-or-less constant over the last 20 years. However, more cars are registered as we grow more prosperous. So the number of fatalities per 1000 registered vehicles has actually been declining steadily, from about 0.6 per 1000 vehicles in 1970 to about 0.08 today.


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