Fatal Accidents at a Slower Pace than Last Year
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Apr 06, 2009 in Car Accidents
The number of deaths in traffic accidents are nearly 20% below last years pace. According to the Department of Transportation, 92 people have died in 81 accidents this year, compared to 113 deaths in 108 accidents at this time last year.
Dennis Hughes, the DOTs chief of highway safety strategies and analysis, was quoted in the Appleton Post Crescent as saying, When you have people cutting back on discretionary spending, you have fewer work trips, and less shipments. I think it is a continuation of the economic slowdown that affected us through 08 and we had another tough winter. I think we got into that winter driving mindset.
In case you were wondering, 1944 had the lowest number of traffic deaths at 526. There were 587 deaths in 1942, the first full year of World War II, and 417 in 1943. Keep in mind, during the mid-war years there was a 35 mph speed limit, a poor economy and gas rationing.
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