Recent U.S. Traffic Fatality Trends

  • James H. Hedlund


From 1980 to 1983, United States traffic fatalities dropped 17%, from 51 091 to an estimated 42 600. Although there are no clear explanations for this abrupt decline, the major reasons suggested all involve some behavioral change. This paper describes the fatality changes briefly, investigates several potential causes, discusses what must be done to provide more conclusive answers, and considers the implications for traffic safety in 1984 and beyond.


Blood Alcohol Concentration Traffic Safety Drunk Driving Fatal Accident Traffic Fatality 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • James H. Hedlund
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  1. 1.National Center for Statistics and Analysis National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationWashington, DCUSA

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