US traffic deaths for all age groups continue to plunge at a record-shattering pace. An estimated 32,310 people died in traffic accidents in 2011, marking a 1.7 percent year-over-year decline and a seven-year downward trend, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number of road deaths is the lowest since record keeping began in 1949, well before the creation of the American highway system.
The system is part of the Chinese capital’s efforts to get a grip on nightmare traffic jams. This year only 240,000 license plates will be available in a bid to bring automobile sales down from their record level last year, when they reached 890,000. That meant 17,000 new cars were hitting Beijing’s streets every week. More here.