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Report: Md. Traffic Fatalities Declined 2.2% in 2011

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TOWSON, Md.- Maryland's 2011 traffic fatalities declined 2.2 percent from 496 deaths to 485, a reduction of 11 fatalities, according to the National Highway Safety Administration's annual report on traffic safety in America.

The report, which the NTSB released Tuesday morning, shows that overall highway deaths across the nation declined 1.9 percent in 2011 to 32,367 compared to 2010, the lowest level in more than six decades since 1949.  The 2011 drop builds upon the downward trend in recent years, reflecting a 26 percent decline in traffic fatalities overall since 2005. 

Although Americans drove fewer miles in 2011 than in 2010, the nearly 2 percent drop in roadway deaths outpaced the corresponding 1.2 percent decrease in vehicle miles traveled, according to the report.

The report noted that key factors contributing to the nationwide overall drop included a reduction in deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers and a decline in fatalities of occupants of passenger cars and light trucks (including SUV's, minivans and pick-ups). 

"The decline in overall fatalities is a reflection of the progress that's been made in traffic safety, but one death is still one too many and the work to reduce motor vehicle crash-related deaths and injuries is far from done," commented Christine Sarames Delise, a spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

While passenger cars and light truck occupant fatalities declined in 2011, traffic deaths increased for large-truck occupants, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

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