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Old 04-07-2009, 10:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It just got slightly harder to save a tiny amount of fuel in Nova Scotia

New law makes vehicles more visible to other drivers

COUNTY - As of April 13, drivers must light up when they get behind the wheel. That's the day when the province's new legislation goes into effect requiring all vehicles to use daytime running lights.

The lights have been mandatory on all vehicles manufactured and sold in Canada since 1990. Drivers who don't have automatic daytime running lights will be required to use low-beam headlights during daylight hours.

Daytime running lights have been shown to reduce daytime injury crashes by three to 10 per cent.
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I know some people vehemently oppose mandatory DRLs (and likely laws like this for cars without automatic DRLs). I don't happen to be one of them. I've driven enough 2-lane highways to know they make a difference.

But I use mine selectively (via a disabling switch) - they're of little safety benefit on a divided highway, for example.

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Old 04-07-2009, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Should this article be a new thread or a response?

Isn't it something how in the midst of all the real problems we have to solve, politicians act as though they have too much time on their hands?

Silver lining to dark economy: Fewer people die in auto accidents than in any year since 1961
By KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

Last update: April 6, 2009 - 3:58 PM
WASHINGTON - U.S. highway deaths in 2008 fell to their lowest level in nearly 50 years, the latest government figures show, as the recession and $4 per gallon gas meant people drove less to save more.
Safety experts said record-high seat-belt use, tighter enforcement of drunken driving laws and the work of advocacy groups that encourage safer driving habits contributed to the reduction in deaths.

Preliminary figures released by the government Monday show that 37,313 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year. That's 9.1 percent lower than the year before, when 41,059 died, and the fewest since 1961, when there were 36,285 deaths.

A different measure, also offering good news, was the fatality rate, the number of deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. It was 1.28 in 2008, the lowest on record. A year earlier it was 1.36.

"The silver lining in a bad economy is that people drive less, and so the number of deaths go down," said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "Not only do they drive less but the kinds of driving they do tend to be less risky — there's less discretionary driving."

Fatalities fell by more than 14 percent in New England, and by 10 percent or more in many states along the Atlantic seaboard, parts of the Upper Midwest and the West Coast, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Americans should really be pleased that everyone has stepped up here in order to make driving safer and that people are paying attention to that," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

In the past, tough economic times have brought similar declines in roadway deaths. Fatalities fell more than 16 percent from 1973 to 1974 as the nation dealt with the oil crisis and inflation. Highway deaths dropped nearly 11 percent from 1981 to 1982 as President Ronald Reagan battled a recession.

The government said vehicle miles traveled in 2008 fell by about 3.6 percent, to 2.92 trillion miles, indicating many people adjusted their driving habits as gas prices fluctuated and the economy tumbled. The number of miles driven by motorists had risen steadily over the past three decades.

The figures are preliminary; final numbers and state-by-state totals are expected later in the year.

Several states have pushed tougher seat belt laws that allow law enforcement officers to stop motorists whose sole offense was failing to buckle up. In 27 states and the District of Columbia, there are such enforcement laws. The remaining states have laws that allow tickets for seat belt violations only if motorists are stopped for other offenses. New Hampshire has no seat belt law for adults.

Seat belt use in 2008 climbed to 83 percent, a record. Fourteen states and the nation's capital had rates of 90 percent or better. Michigan had the highest seat belt use rate with 97.2 percent, followed by Hawaii with 97 percent and Washington state at 96.5 percent. Massachusetts had the lowest rate, 66.8 percent, while it was under 70 percent in New Hampshire and Wyoming.

"People finally understand that seat belts save their lives and their children's lives," said former NHTSA administrator Nicole Nason.

Dave McCurdy, president and chief executive of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said the industry has worked to improve safety by introducing numerous features such as anti-rollover electronic stability control, air bag systems and crash avoidance technologies.

But many safety groups said it was unclear if the fatality numbers will continue dropping once the economy improves. If the projections hold, 2008 would be the first year since 1992 when traffic fatalities dipped below 40,000. Even with the declines, more than 100 people die on U.S. roads everyday.

"We still have too many people who are dying in car crashes," said Jacqueline Gillan, vice president for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.(emphasis added by me)


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1.277 fatalities per every 2,920,000,000 miles travelled is too high?

= 1 fatality every 2,286,609,240 miles. At the U.S. average of 15,000 miles per year, it would take the average motorist 152,441 years to become a fatality. At what point do we declare the fatality rate satisfactory? After all, none of us gets out of here alive...
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Get the drunks and weaving blind old people off the roads and that number can be cut in 1/2.....

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