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US Highway Deaths Heading for 8-Year High

Cheap gas, improving economy likely factors.

by on Aug.17, 2015

Highway fatalities have been rising fast, and an improved economy and cheap gas may be factors.

After years of decline, there’s been a sudden surge in highway fatalities in the U.S. this year, and if the current trend continues, the U.S. could see the roadway death toll rise to its highest level since 2007, according to the National Safety Council.

The financial impact has also risen sharply this year, reports the NSC, climbing by 24% during the first half of this year when deaths, injuries and property damage are factored in.

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“Follow the numbers: the trend we are seeing on our roadways is like a flashing red light – danger lies ahead,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.


Colorado Drivers Proclaimed Best in America

Allstate claims Fort Collins, Colorado has best drivers.

by on Aug.28, 2014

If you live in Fort Collins, Colorado, this is a scene that is much less familiar than if you live in Worcester, Massachusetts.

With Americans buying new vehicles at a frenzied pace this year, knowing that Fort Collins, Colorado, is the safest place to drive that new car or truck might be useful information.

Allstate Insurance Co. released its 10th annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report,” which is based on Allstate claims data, ranks America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers.

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It marks the fourth time in the 10-year history of the report the city known for being the home of Colorado State University, took the honor of being “America’s Safest Driving City.” Fort Collins has placed in the top ten every year since the report’s inception. (more…)

Younger Women More Likely to Die in Crashes

But for elderly, men are more vulnerable.

by on May.30, 2013

Women are generally more likely to die in a crash than a man of similar age.

Young women are more likely to die, in otherwise equivalent crashes, than men of the same age, according to a new study by federal safety regulators.

That goes for both women drivers and female passengers between the ages of 21 and 30, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But NHTSA also says the situation reverses itself in old age, when it’s men who have a significantly higher risk of being killed in crashes.

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“Young adult females are more fragile than males of the same age, but later in life women are less frail than their male contemporaries,” said the NHTSA report.


Why Are Auto Fatalities Going Up in Some States?

Odds and ends from the Safety Nag.

by on Jul.20, 2009

Auto fatalities are, on the whole, heading downward. So why are the numbers rising in a few, unfortunate states?

Auto fatalities are, on the whole, heading downward. So why are the numbers rising in a few, unfortunate states, including Colorado and Kansas?

Here’s your old safety nag at it again…yak, yak, yak, safety belts, drinkin’ n’ drivin’, yak, yak, yak.  Still, the mainstream media doesn’t pay much attention to automotive safety, except for occasional blasts about purportedly “unsafe” cars, usually reserved for Detroit automakers, and often based on claims by plaintiff lawyers.

But anyone with his or her head screwed on knows better than to blame it all on the car, and I’m here to supply you with facts, occasional opinions and nag-nag-nag.

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Among the odds and ends of auto safety news, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released an eight-page “brief summary” of the almost-final safety stats for 2008-preliminaries were reported in this space months ago-as well as new information on the first quarter of 2009.  Readers will recall that nationally, deaths from highway crashes (including “pedalcycles” and pedestrians) last year were down approximately 10% from 2007, as were those involving alcohol-impaired driving.  And safety belt usage was up in almost all states.