Deaths on the U.S. Highways Drop 1.7% image

A recent study shows that last year the number of deaths on the U.S. highways fell for the 6th straight year, which is the longest line of declines in the history of the nation.

In 2011 crash fatalities dropped 1.7%, to about 32,310 compared to a year earlier, declared National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday, May 7th. The number of people killed at every 100 million vehicle miles traveled dropped to 1.09 from 1.11 in 2010. The drop coincides with the American motorists driving 1.2% less vehicles miles due to fact that gasoline prices were up 6.7%, as declared by the motoring group AAA.

It has been 113 years since the government has been tracking deaths on the U.S. roads, beginning when 26 people died in car crashes. Last year fatalities declined in all four quarters, after a slight rise in 2010’s third and fourth quarters, disrupting 17 consecutive quarters of declines.

Traffic safety experts attributed the decline to a number of factors “probably people driving less, safer vehicles, safer roads and an improvement in the safety culture across the United States,” Jacob Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy for the AAA national office.