Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Safety

The American transportation system is dangerous because Americans have little choice other than driving. Photo: La Citta Vita/Flickr

AAA’s Latest Road Safety Report Ignores the Obvious: We Should Be Driving Less

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The number of annual traffic deaths in America is heading in the wrong direction, climbing back above the 40,000 mark. To reverse this trend, the AAA Foundation for Road Safety this week released a report that prioritizes six road design changes it says would do the most to reduce the death toll. There's just one problem: AAA's report doesn't consider the idea that, to save lives, we should be driving less.

America Has a Terrible Traffic Safety Record Because We Drive Too Much

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Even though the U.S. traffic fatality rate per mile driven has fallen by two-thirds in the last 50 years, America today still has the deadliest road system per capita in the developed world. Much of the improvement from safer driving and better emergency care has been wiped out by increases in total traffic. The American approach to traffic safety has emphasized seatbelt use, vehicle standards, […]