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.
An electronic stability control mandate, set to start on September 1st, is expected to reduce annual fatalities by an additional 6,000 to 9,000 per year. Smart highways, which are farther out in the future, are expected to reduce annual fatalities to as few as 10,000 per year.