Safer cars and less people driving under the influence of alcohol are a couple of reasons given for the latest numbers released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on auto accident deaths and injuries.  

In 2011, 32,367 people died in vehicle crashes here in the U.S.  That's the lowest number in any year since 1949.  2011 also saw the lowest death rate ever when compared to total miles driven on American highways.

The only bad news from this report says the number of people killed in distraction-affected crashed did rise last year.  That is blamed on texting and overall use of electronic devices by drivers.   A good reminder that texting while driving is not only illegal, it's very dangerous.