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US highways safer in 2008; truck-involved fatalities drop 12%

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Truck-involved fatalities in the US were down 12% in 2008, according to the latest figures...


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Truck-involved fatalities in the US were down 12% in 2008, according to the latest figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

“This achievement is great for all highway users,” said Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA). “We must build upon this and look toward long-term improvements. The trucking industry remains committed to safety and ATA will continue to advance its aggressive safety agenda in an effort to further this outstanding trend.”

 

The latest figures also showed the number of truck occupant deaths dropped 16% to just 677. The overall number of people killed in vehicle accidents in the US dropped 9.7%, reaching its lowest level since 1961.

 

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