Electronic safety systems may be showing their value. According to new statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of people who died on the nation’s roads last year reached historically low levels. Overall traffic fatalities fell to 41,059, the lowest level since 1994. Also, the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles dropped to 1.37, the lowest fatality rate on record.
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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