WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker welcomed the news that traffic fatalities in the U.S. fell to their lowest rate since the government has been keeping these statistics.
“I was pleased to see that traffic fatalities, which make up more than 90% of transportation deaths in this country, fell to a record low rate in 2006,” Rosenker said. “However, we still lost more than 42,000 of our fellow citizens, and we have a long way to go to stop this senseless loss of life.”
Rosenker noted the success in lowering the fatality rate is the result of many sectors of society working together, including government regulators in the US Department of Transportation, state and federal law enforcement officials, vehicle manufacturers and private advocacy groups.
“I’m also proud of the role the NTSB has played over its 40-year history. We have led the way in recommending life-saving laws like age-21 drinking laws, graduated drivers licenses, primary seat belt laws, mandatory child restraint laws, and anti-collision technology,” added Rosenker.
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