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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1999 May 14;48(18):369-74.

Motor-vehicle safety: a 20th century public health achievement.

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  • MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 1999 Jun 11;48(22):473.

Abstract

The reduction of the rate of death attributable to motor-vehicle crashes in the United States represents the successful public health response to a great technologic advance of the 20th century-the motorization of America. Six times as many people drive today as in 1925, and the number of motor vehicles in the country has increased 11-fold since then to approximately 215 million. The number of miles traveled in motor vehicles is 10 times higher than in the mid-1920s. Despite this steep increase in motor-vehicle travel, the annual death rate has declined from 18 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in 1925 to 1.7 per 100 million VMT in 1997-a 90% decrease.

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