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Traffic deaths at 60-year low

Deaths on America's highways have plunged to their lowest level in 60 years, as smarter designs make streets and vehicles safer and aggressive campaigns are waged against drunk and distracted drivers, new data shows.

The number of people killed dropped to 33,808 in 2009, a total 3,615 below the previous year. It was the lowest total since 1950 and marked the fourth consecutive year highway fatalities have declined since 2005, when 39,252 people died. Motorcycle deaths were down by 16 percent, the first decline in 11 years, The Post's Ashley Halsey III reports.

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By Luke Rosiak  | September 9, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  Driving, Traffic Safety  
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The slower the traffic, the harder to die in it.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 9, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Cause for celebration!

Posted by: slar | September 9, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

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