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Child traffic deaths drop 43 percent over decade

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Over a decade, the number of children 12 and under who died in crashes dropped by 43 percent. Health officials say increased use of car seats and booster seats drove the decline.

MGN Online

ATLANTA (AP) -- A new report shows fewer children are dying in traffic accidents, and officials say that's because more young kids are buckled up.

Over a decade, the number of children 12 and under who died in crashes dropped by 43 percent. Health officials say increased use of car seats and booster seats drove the decline.

Still, a third of the 650 children who died in 2011 were not buckled up. That was the case in almost half of the black and Hispanic deaths compared to a quarter of white deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report on Tuesday.


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