Traffic Deaths Hit Highest Number Since 1990
– More Americans were killed in traffic accidents in 2005 than in any year since 1990, according to a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report. Last year, 43,200 people were killed in accidents, up 1.3 percent over the 42,636 killed in 2004 — the highest number since 1990, when 44,559 people were killed, according to the Detroit News. NHTSA projected a fatality rate of 1.46 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, up from the record low of 1.44 in 2004.Other report highlights include: A decline in injuries from 2.79 million in 2004 to 2.68 million in 2005.
Fifty-five percent of passenger vehicle occupants who died in 2005 were not wearing their seat belt.
Motorcycle fatalities increased 7.7 percent in 2005.
Pedestrian deaths increased slightly from 4,641 to 4,674.
Alcohol-related fatalities increased 1.7 percent from 16,694 to 16,972.
Passenger car fatalities dropped 1.8 percent.
The number of light-truck occupants killed increased by 4.3 percent.