The high-pressure campaigns for traffic safety tend to obscure a fact that the campaigns help to create: for 25 years, U.S. motoring has been getting safer year by year. Last year there were 36,300 traffic deaths, not far below 1941's record 39,969. But Americans are also driving more cars more miles. Deaths per 100 million car-miles have dwindled from 16 in 1930 to 11.4 in 1940 to 7.6 in 1950. Last year they marked a new low: 6.5.

Black Is for Death. Sidney J. Williams, 68, the National Safety Council's "dean of traffic experts," says...

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