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NHTSA Predicts Significant Drop in Fatal Crashes

Preliminary figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggest that the number of highway fatalities and the fatality rate fell dramatically in 2009. The agency projects an 8.9 percent decline in the number of people who died in on the nation's highways last year versus 2008. The number of fatalities fell from 37,261 to 33,963. NHTSA also predicted

that the fatal crash rate will drop from 1.25 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled in 2008 to 1.16 in 2009. Both the number of fatalities and the rate are the lowest on record (since 1954). NHTSA has not yet released truck-specific crash data for 2009.

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