U.S. Traffic Deaths Drop To Lowest Level Since 1940s | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

U.S. Traffic Deaths Drop To Lowest Level Since 1940s

Play associated audio

The number of people killed in crashes dropped to nearly 33,000 last year. That's the lowest number the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has seen since 1949.

Even though drivers put about 20 billion more miles on their cars in 2010, fewer drivers were killed in highway collisions than the year before.

Some traffic officials say that could be because more drivers are buckling up and cars are now equipped with newer technology when it comes to antilock brakes and airbags.

Overall, Washington, D.C., is known for having some of the safest roadways in the country, but has been pegged as one of the worst U.S. cities when it comes to traffic.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 1

Music from West Africa and photography from South East Asia come to the D.C. area.

NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
NPR

Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.
NPR

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.