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Auto Fatalities Unchanged

Although in 2002 the injury rate in motor vehicle traffic crashes per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled declined, the fatality rate has remained essentially unchanged since 2001. In 2002, an estimated 42,815 lives were lost in traffic accidents, or approximately 117 people per day.

In 2003, safety belt use reached an all-time high of 79 percent, but thousands have died or were injured because they failed to buckle up. Approximately 59 percent of those killed in motor vehicle crashes were not using any type of occupant restraints. Also adding to traffic fatalities are alcohol-related deaths, which rose for the third consecutive year in 2002, when 17,419 people died in alcohol-related crashes.

The most effective ways to reduce highway fatalities are to increase safety belt usage and lower alcohol-related fatalities. SAFETEA proposes a new safety belt incentive program to encourage States to enact tough safety belt laws and achieve substantially higher safety belt usage rates. SAFETEA also combines several safety programs administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into a consolidated grant program. States would have new flexibility to use safety program funds for occupant protection, impaired driving countermeasures, and other safety programs if they develop performance-based highway safety plans. For 2005, the Presidentís Budget requests $233 million for NHTSA safety operations and research programs, and $456 million for grants to States for targeted highway safety programs. Combined, this represents an $18 million increase from 2004.

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