For the fifth straight year, fewer people died in traffic accidents California. A 12 percent drop in 2010 puts the number of deaths at the lowest level since 1944.
Don’t ask the California Office of Traffic Safety to name the exact cause of the drop in traffic deaths. O-T-S Spokesman Chris Cochran can reel off a whole bunch of potential factors: The recession and higher gas prices mean Californians are driving fewer miles. Newer cars have better braking and crash avoidance systems. And seatbelt and drunk driving enforcement campaigns are making headway. But most of all, Cochran credits the drivers themselves: “they understood the problems inherent in driving a 3,000 pound hunk of steel down the highway, and they’re just driving better,” he said.
About 27-hundred people died in California traffic accidents last year.