California traffic fatalities lowest since 1944
July 21, 2011
The number of California’ traffic fatalities in 2010 was the state’s lowest since 1944, when one-tenth the number of vehicles drove one-sixteenth the number of miles, said Chris Cochran, spokesman for the California Office of Traffic Safety. [Mercury News.com]
California traffic deaths dropped last year for the fifth year in a row, outpacing national trends, state officials said.
Vehicle fatalities fell to 2,715 in 2010, a decline of 11.9 percent from the 3,081 traffic deaths in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That number represents a total decline of 37.3 percent since 2005, when 4,333 people died in California highway crashes.
Some of the decline is the result of fewer cars on the road as consumers cut back on spending. Crackdowns on drunk driving are also a factor, official say. Alcohol was a factor in about one-third of the traffic fatalities in 2010.