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GHSA News Release

April 21, 2009

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, ext.13
(202)669-9746, cell

Updated State Data Indicate Highway Deaths Down

43 States Experience Decline

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) today released updated information that reinforces earlier indications of a significant decline in roadway deaths in 2008. Overall, highway deaths are down 10.6 percent nationwide.

In total, 48 states and DC have responded. Fatalities were down in 43 states and DC, and increased in five states (Delaware, New Hampshire, Texas, Vermont and Wyoming).

Interestingly, the updated data indicate that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) declined in 2008, but significantly less than the level of the percentage decline in fatalities. GHSA attributes the dramatic decline in fatalities to the VMT change as well as increased seat belt use, stronger state laws and increased law enforcement.

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GHSA's initial news release can be found at:

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit