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In a bit of good news for our nations motorists, the New York Times is reporting that the

risk of dying in a traffic accident has dropped nearly 18 percent since 2005, including a drop of 7 percent in the first half of this year, according to preliminary statistics released Friday by the Transportation Department.

It appears that no one can cite any single statistic as to why deaths are decreasing but there appears to be some correlation with improved safety standards and public awareness of seatbelt usage. According, the National Highway Safety Administration

highways are built or renovated with more consideration for safety. Seat belt use rose over the period, although some experts are skeptical about the accuracy of official counts. As old vehicles are retired, the ones that replace them have more air bags, antilock brakes and stability control systems, which sense when a car is in a skid and apply a brake to one wheel to help the driver regain control. In addition, new restrictions are in place for licenses for teenagers.

Oklahoma drivers need to get in on the safety act. The interstates that run through Oklahoma are key traffic hubs in the transportation industry. Let’s pay special attention to hazardous situations and continue to curb the amount of drinking and driving accidents in Oklahoma.

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