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This driver improvement program is also designed to promote respect for all drivers as well as encourage observance of traffic laws and traffic safety responsibilities. The course includes information that will assist you in improving your personal driving habits and defensive driving techniques. It also fosters the reduction of traffic violations, traffic-related injuries, deaths, and economic losses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists accidental death as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Fatalities related to motor vehicle traffic are the number one cause of accidental death. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for people ages 3 to 33. The Highway Transportation System * Roadways * Vehicles * Drivers * The number of injuries and deaths due to collisions is considered to be of epidemic proportion. In 2009, 33,808 people lost their lives and 2,217,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. * Among those killed, teenage drivers have the highest death rates per miles driven among all age groups, followed by elderly drivers and young adult males. * In addition to the fatality rates, there are over six million traffic collisions that are reported each year. These collisions cost the national economy over $230 billion as they relate to property damage, medical costs, insurance premiums, and lost time at work. In addition, the cost of personal or family disruptions as well as mental and physical suffering can't possibly be measured in dollars. The top 12 causes of fatal crashes: 1. Failing to maintain lane position. 2. Speeding. This is not just exceeding the speed limit; it is also categorized as driving too fast for conditions. 3. Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and other medication. 4. Failing to yield the right-of-way. 5. Inattention,

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