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US Lagging Behind Other Countries in Crash Death Reduction

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SALISBURY, Md. - According to a new CDC report, the US has the lowest reduction in car crash deaths compared to 19 other high-income countries.

Kevin Hupke of Salisbury said he isn't surprised.

"You see it all the time, people following too close, a speed limit of 55 and everyone's going 74, that kind of thing," he said. "I think that falls under the category of aggressive driving."

Michael Folke of Delmar said he sees the same thing.

"What I see is people driving too fast, driving to close and not paying attention," he said. "Most people in general they're very conscientious about safety but there's a lot of people on cell phones."

According to the CDC, 90 people die each day from motor vehicle crashes nationwide.

Between 2000 and 2013, the US reduced deaths 31 percent, which is significant, but low compared to the other 19 countries' average of 56 percent.

For instance, during the same time period, Spain reduced crash deaths nearly 75 percent, giving them the best reduction rate of all 19 countries including New Zealand, Canada and more.

According to the CDC, Spain's death rate is at 3.6 per every 100,000 people.

Breaking it down on Delmarva, in 2012, the death rate in Delaware was 6.9 per every 100,000 people. In Maryland it was 5.3 and Virginia 6.8.

The CDC also came out with comparisons of why the US is lagging behind so much, one big reason being lack of seat belts. Apparently the US has the third lowest rate of front seat belt use.

Drinking and driving is another factor. However, some drivers questioned, can lawmakers even do more to fix this problem?

"They can always make changes. [But] the question is, is it going to work or not?" Hupke said. "Or is it going to make everyone defy it?"


 

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