AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State officials say traffic fatalities in
Texas dropped 11 percent in 2009 to the lowest number since 1993.
Texas Department of Transportation officials released the data
Last year, there were 388 fewer traffic fatalities than in 2008.
In 2009, 3,089 drivers or passengers died in traffic-related
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributes
the decline to safer vehicles, safer roads and motorists driving
less. Officials also cite public safety campaigns about seat belt
usage, drunk driving and distracted driving.
Officials say motorcycle deaths were down 19 percent in 2009, to
432. In 2008, 531 people died in motorcycle accidents.