OC road deaths are down, but not as much as elsewhere

January 18, 2016

In 2002, Robert B. Noland, a professor and director of many programs at Rutgers’ E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, crunched 14 years of traffic fatality data from all 50 states. He concluded that “results strongly refute the hypothesis that infrastructure improvements have been effective at reducing total fatalities and injuries. While controlling for other effects it is found that demographic changes in age cohorts, increased seat-belt use, reduced alcohol consumption and increases in medical technology have accounted for a large share of overall reductions in fatalities.”

Orange County Register, January 18

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