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President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Federal Role in Highway Safety

Appendix

Year FATALITIES VMT FATALITY RATE
Fatalities Annual Change in Fatalities 10-year Change in Fatalities Annual VMT (millions) Annual VMT Growth 10-year Growth in VMT Annual Rate (per 100 million VMT) Annual Change in Rate 10-year Change in Rate
1950 33,186     458,246     7.24    
1951 35,309 6.4%   491,093 7.2%   7.19 -0.7%  
1952 36,088 2.2%   513,581 4.6%   7.03 -2.3%  
1953 36,190 0.3%   544,433 6.0%   6.65 -5.4%  
1954 33,890 -6.4%   561,963 3.2%   6.03 -9.3%  
1955 36,688 8.3%   605,646 7.8%   6.06 0.4%  
1956 37,965 3.5%   627,843 3.7%   6.05 -0.2%  
1957 36,932 -2.7%   645,004 2.7%   5.73 -5.3%  
1958 35,331 -4.3%   664,653 3.0%   5.32 -7.2%  
1959 36,223 2.5%   700,480 5.4%   5.17 -2.7%  
1960 36,399 0.5% 9.7% 718,762 2.6% 56.9% 5.06 -2.1% -30.1%
1961 36,285 -0.3% 2.8% 737,421 2.6% 50.2% 4.92 -2.8% -31.6%
1962 38,980 7.4% 8.0% 766,734 4.0% 49.3% 5.08 3.3% -27.6%
1963 41,723 7.0% 15.3% 805,249 5.0% 47.9% 5.18 1.9% -22.1%
1964 45,645 9.4% 34.7% 846,298 5.1% 50.6% 5.39 4.1% -10.6%
1965 47,089 3.2% 28.3% 887,812 4.9% 46.6% 5.30 -1.7% -12.4%
1966 50,894 8.1% 34.1% 925,899 4.3% 47.5% 5.50 3.6% -9.1%
1967 51,559 1.3% 39.6% 964,005 4.1% 49.5% 5.35 -2.7% -6.6%
1968 53,763 4.3% 52.2% 1,015,869 5.4% 52.8% 5.29 -1.0% -0.4%
1969 55,043 2.4% 52.0% 1,061,791 4.5% 51.6% 5.18 -2.0% 0.2%
1970 53,816 -2.2% 47.9% 1,109,724 4.5% 54.4% 4.85 -6.5% -4.2%
1971 53,907 0.2% 48.6% 1,178,811 6.2% 59.9% 4.57 -5.7% -7.1%
1972 55,600 3.1% 42.6% 1,259,786 6.9% 64.3% 4.41 -3.5% -13.2%
1973 55,096 -0.9% 32.1% 1,313,110 4.2% 63.1% 4.20 -4.9% -19.0%
1974 46,049 -16.4% 0.9% 1,280,544 -2.5% 51.3% 3.60 -14.3% -33.3%
1975 45,500 -1.2% -3.4% 1,327,664 3.7% 49.5% 3.43 -4.7% -35.4%
1976 45,523 0.1% -10.6% 1,402,380 5.6% 51.5% 3.25 -5.3% -40.9%
1977 47,878 5.2% -7.1% 1,467,027 4.6% 52.2% 3.26 0.5% -39.0%
1978 50,331 5.1% -6.4% 1,544,704 5.3% 52.1% 3.26 -0.2% -38.4%
1979 51,093 1.5% -7.2% 1,529,133 -1.0% 44.0% 3.34 2.5% -35.5%
1980 51,091 0.0% -5.1% 1,527,295 -0.1% 37.6% 3.35 0.1% -31.0%
1981 49,301 -3.5% -8.5% 1,555,308 1.8% 31.9% 3.17 -5.2% -30.7%
1982 43,945 -10.9% -21.0% 1,595,010 2.6% 26.6% 2.76 -13.1% -37.6%
1983 42,589 -3.1% -22.7% 1,652,788 3.6% 25.9% 2.58 -6.5% -38.6%
1984 44,257 3.9% -3.9% 1,720,269 4.1% 34.3% 2.57 -0.2% -28.5%
1985 43,825 -1.0% -3.7% 1,774,826 3.2% 33.7% 2.47 -4.0% -27.9%
1986 46,087 5.2% 1.2% 1,834,872 3.4% 30.8% 2.51 1.7% -22.6%
1987 46,390 0.7% -3.1% 1,921,204 4.7% 31.0% 2.41 -3.9% -26.0%
1988 47,087 1.5% -6.4% 2,025,962 5.5% 31.2% 2.32 -3.7% -28.7%
1989 45,582 -3.2% -10.8% 2,096,487 3.5% 37.1% 2.17 -6.5% -34.9%
1990 44,599 -2.2% -12.7% 2,144,362 2.3% 40.4% 2.08 -4.3% -37.8%
1991 41,508 -6.9% -15.8% 2,172,050 1.3% 39.7% 1.911 -8.1% -39.7%
1992 39,230 -5.5% -10.7% 2,247,151 3.5% 40.9% 1.746 -8.6% -36.6%
1993 40,134 2.3% -5.8% 2,296,705 2.2% 39.0% 1.747 0.1% -32.2%
1994 40,718 1.5% -8.0% 2,357,588 2.7% 37.0% 1.727 -1.2% -32.9%
1995 41,798 2.7% -4.6% 2,422,775 2.8% 36.5% 1.725 -0.1% -30.1%
1996 41,907 0.3% -9.1% 2,482,201 2.5% 35.3% 1.688 -2.1% -32.8%
1997 41,967 0.1% -9.5% 2,560,372 3.1% 33.3% 1.639 -2.9% -32.1%
1998 41,501 -1.1% -11.9% 2,625,363 2.5% 29.6% 1.581 -3.6% -32.0%
1999 41,717 0.5% -8.5% 2,679,459 2.1% 27.8% 1.557 -1.5% -28.4%
2000 41,945 0.5% -6.0% 2,749,803 2.6% 28.2% 1.525 -2.0% -26.7%
2001 42,116 0.4% 1.5% 2,781,462 1.2% 28.1% 1.514 -0.7% -20.8%
2002 NA     2,829,336 1.7% 25.9%      

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