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7/5/2012 - NHTSA: Enhanced safety of today's cars has led to fewer driving deaths, injuries

Officials say improved car safety has reduced auto injuries.

Thanks to the improved design and technology of today's cars, there has been an overall decline in crashes, fatalities and auto insurance claims on the nation's roadways, a recent government report indicates.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, better-designed vehicles helped save 2,000 lives and averted approximately one million passenger injuries in 2008 alone. Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation secretary, indicated this is great news for consumers and the automotive industry as a whole.

"Between better safety practices developed at the Department of Transportation and improved designs by automakers, we are making real progress protecting drivers and passengers nationwide," said LaHood. "We celebrate the historic decline in deaths and injuries on our roads as we remain laser-focused on continuing to improve safety."

David Strickland, NHTSA administrator, added that because technology is constantly improving, the expectation is that automotive-based fatalities and injuries will continue to decline in the future.

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