Driving somewhere this month? September is one of the safest


Good news for those of you planning a late summer vacation: September is the safest warm-weather month to be on the road, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The government reported these figures earlier in the year, when it noted 2009 was the safest year for driving. But I hadn’t noticed the dip in September, followed by the jump in October — the Columbus Day spike.
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If traffic fatalities just hit a record low then why is Ray LaHood unhappy?

First, the good news: The government this morning announced that the number of overall traffic fatalities reported at the end of 2009 reached the lowest level since 1954, a new record.

Now the bad news: The boss is still unhappy.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood dismissed the results in a blog post this morning:

I am … disturbed that we are still talking about nearly 34,000 preventable deaths a year. There are still too many people dying in traffic accidents every year. Just too many.

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America’s streets may be safer, but mind those country roads

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The government has some good news for you: The number of traffic fatalities is at its lowest level since 1961. Injuries are down, too.

That’s according to a new report (PDF) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The bad news — and calling it that may be a stretch — is that not all roads are equally safer.
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