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Vehicle safety conference kicks off in Washington, D.C.

Posted On Tue, June 14, 2011

Vehicle and highway safety authorities gathered in the nation's capital recently to kick off the 22nd annual International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the yearly meeting has helped bring the traffic accident death rate down to its lowest level since the 1950s.

"The dedication of auto safety experts around the world is one of the many reasons we've seen an impressive drop in highway deaths in recent years," said LaHood. "Here in the United States, the advances we've witnessed in vehicle safety technology complement our efforts to combat distracted driving, curb drunk driving, maximize seat belt use and improve roadway designs."

The summit takes place over four days and includes demonstrations of the latest technologies used to reduce the risk of traffic-related fatalities. The conference also includes an award ceremony for individuals in the automotive industry who have helped enhance vehicle safety in an extraordinary way.

Advanced safety technologies have not only saved a countless number of lives, but they may have also helped lower auto insurance premiums, as vehicles are able to absorb more damage without injuring occupants.

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