The American Insurance Association (AIA) says new data confirms that auto and traffic safety efforts over the past forty years have significantly reduced the number of accident-related injuries and fatalities.

The AIA notes that the motor vehicle traffic fatality rate dropped from 5.19 deaths per-100 million vehicles miles traveled in 1968 to a record-low 1.27 deaths per-100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2008. Similarly the injury rate has dipped from169 injuries per-100 million vehicle miles traveled in 1988 to 80 injuries per-100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2008.

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