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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently touted a reduction of 700,000 accidents because of improved vehicle design and accident-avoidance equipment. While any reduction of accidents is welcome news, I question the validity of this number.

In the report, LaHood says the ”number of police-reported accidents” was reduced. This is a key phrase and one of two reasons I question the validity of the reduction. The reduction of police-reported accidents might be due to the financial woes that virtually every government agency is experiencing. Because of budget cuts, police in many cities simply may not be able to respond to a non-injury accident where the vehicles are not blocking the roadway.   

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