U.S. Transportation Secretary: Motorists Safer than Ever

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary
Peters proclaims Americans are safer than they've ever been on the
nation's highways.

The secretary was speaking Thursday at the National Academy of Railroad Sciences on the Johnson County Community College campus in
Overland Park.

She said traffic fatalities to this point in 2008 are down 10 percent from where they were a year ago at this time.

According to early estimates, 31,110 people died on U.S. roadways from January through October this year, compared with 34,502 during the same period in 2007.

Peters says this is the first time that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been able to project fatality numbers before the end of the calendar year.