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More than 220 million vehicles use the national highway fleet. Of this number approximately 27 million are involved in traffic accidents yearly. The cost of these accidents are about 42,000 fatalities and 150 billion dollars yearly. (Data from National Transportation Safety Board)

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for americans ages three to 33 according to federal statistics. Approximately 42,000 people die each year in automobile accidents in the United States. 1,000,000 (one million) die daily world wide. That means 115 people die daily in car crashes in the US and 2740 people die daily world wide. Since the year 2000 more than 200,000 people have died in auto accidents in the US. That is four times more than the total number of American soldiers killed in World War I. Yet we seem ambivalent, at best, to transportation safety.

A photo of firefighters at an accident scene.

This curriculum unit is designed to teach students about car and vehicle safety and to make students aware of the dangers of driving.

This unit is designed for students in grades 8–12th, in other words, young adults who are about to qualify for their license or who just recently received their license.

Students should go to the assignment page and print out the study sheet which should be completed as the student does the lesson.

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A photo of a badly wrecked vehicle.

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