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  •  Not sure it's the economy... (2+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs, PsychoSavannah

    More people are working now than in 2007, so presumably more people are traveling from home to work and back now than when auto deaths peaked.  Many factors come into play, I think.  Cars are safer, and with gas 150% or so more expensive than in the early 2000s people drive a bit safer.  Vehicle miles travelled (per person per year) are down about  10% since 2005, a secular decline not related to employment/unemployment and a change to a trend that's progressed basically since the invention of the automobile.  There's extensive evidence that teen driving is way down; a significant factor may be that in many states you can't get an unconditional license to drive at 16 anymore.  The great move to the suburbs/exurbs has abruptly stopped as well, largely a phenomenon of the last 8 years or so.  There's also telecommuting, etc., that wasn't really possible a decade ago.  

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