The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released the 2012 fatality data. The brief Traffic Safety Facts, 2012 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison (PDF) highlights the differences between rural and urban fatal crashes. In 2012, 54% of traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas, although only 19% of the U.S. population lives there.
From 2003 – 2012, rural fatalities decreased 27%, from 24,957 to 18,170. In the same period, urban fatalities decreased 14%, from 17,783 to 15,296. This brief also reports on fatal crashes related to speeding, alcohol, restraint use, and the time of day of crashes.
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