SACRAMENTO, CA - Traffic deaths on the state's roads declined 11.9 percent in 2010, continuing a five-year downward trend, reports the California Office of Traffic Safety.
There were 2,715 traffic deaths last year compared to 3,081 in 2009. Since 2005 when there were 4,333 traffic deaths, there has been a 37.3 percent drop.
Officials attributed the decline to public safety awareness campaigns for safety belt use, driving under the influence and distracted driving; safer vehicles, sobriety checkpoints, high visibility enforcement, better road design, faster emergency medical response and the slowed economy.
Traffic safety office representative Chris Cochran said the 2010 figures are the lowest for California since 1944, when one tenth the number of vehicles traveled one sixteenth the number of miles.