According to the newly released report, 32,367 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2011, a decrease of 1.9 percent from 2010. Greg Bledsoe reports.
Good news for the nation: in more than six decades, the number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. dropped to its lowest point.
Bad news for California: that number increased.
According to the newly released report, 32,367 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2011, a decrease of 1.9 percent from 2010.
This is the lowest number of fatalities since 1949.
But California saw a 2.6 percent increase in total number of traffic deaths from 2,720 to 2,791 in the last two years.
Even though this number increased, the state of Texas saw the highest number of fatalities last year at 3,016.
The data also shows that 31 percent of all traffic fatalities were from alcohol-impaired-driving.
This number did decline, however, by 2.5 percent in 2011.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released these numbers in its motor vehicle crashes report.