WASHINGTON - A preview of results from the 2006 Annual Assessment of Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Fatalities and Injuries shows that the number of people killed in the U.S. in motor vehicle traffic crashes declined from 43,510 in 2005 to 42,642, the lowest level in five years. This decline is the largest in terms of both number and percentage since 1992.

The motor vehicle traffic crash fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled dropped to the lowest rate ever recorded by the Department of Transportation.

Injuries also were down in 2006, with injuries to occupants or drivers of passenger cars down by 6.2-percent and injuries sustained in wrecks involving large trucks falling by 15-percent.

Visit www.nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810791.PDF for more information on the report.

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