Our streets are safer than they've been in a very long time as traffic fatalities in the U.S. continue to plunge. Numbers are now at their lowest level since 1949.
32,000 people died in traffic accidents in 2011; down nearly two percent from last year. That's the seventh year in a row the rate has gone down.
As for why, experts suggest several reasons; including a crackdown on drunk driving and improved vehicle safety design standards. This includes electronic stability control and tougher roofs.