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U.S. Highway Fatalities Slip to Lowest Level Ever

But texting, cellphoning, distractions caused one in 11 deaths.

by on Dec.09, 2011

There were still more than 30,000 highway fatalities in 2010 -- many readily preventable.

U.S. highway fatalities fell to their lowest level ever last year when adjusted to reflect the ever increasing number of miles driven by American motorists.

But the good news was tempered by the fact that federal data showed one of every 11 highway fatalities came as the result of texting, cellphoning or some other form of distracted driving.  And the government report indicates that a large share of last year’s fatalities might have been avoided had more motorists buckled up.

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In all, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 32,885 Americans died on the road in 2010, the fewest since 1949, when Harry Truman was in the White House and the Interstate highway program hadn’t even been conceived yet.