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JANUARY 2005 - Accident Reconstruction Newsletter
This month's newsletter focuses on Pedestrian Accidents and Safety.
In 2003, 4,749 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States — a decrease of 16 percent from the 5,649 pedestrians killed in 1993. On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 111 minutes. There were 70,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in 2003. On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. Most pedestrian fatalities in 2003 occurred in urban areas (72 percent), at nonintersection locations (79 percent), in normal weather conditions (89 percent), and at night (65 percent). More than two-thirds (69 percent) of the 2003 pedestrian fatalities were males. In 2003, the male pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population was 2.27 — more than double the rate for females (1.01 per 100,000 population). The male pedestrian injury rate per 100,000 population in 2003 was 30, compared with 19 for females (see Table 5). In 2003, almost one-fourth (22 percent) of all children between the ages of 5 and 9 years who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians. Nearly one-fifth (17 percent) of all traffic fatalities under age 16 were pedestrians, and 7 percent of all the people under age 16 who were injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
What's New with the ARC Network:
The ARC Network just finished going through a major growing pain. Our web site has grown so much the computer servers running it could not handle the load! We spent the end of December and the first three weeks of January working on a remedy for the problem. In the mean-time someone, somewhere SPAMMED our mail servers which in effect shut down our mail servers for about 3 days. We unclogged the mail server, installed some extra SPAM protection and everything is back and running at 100%. If you have recently emailed the ARC Network and have not yet received a reply or answer to your email, there is a good chance we nevver recieved it - please resend it.
As for the computer servers, they also have been reconfigured and we have added serious bandwidth - about 35 GB per month. So to date all servers are up and running at 100%.
We have received a few emails that the December 2004 newsletter never arrived via email. This was partly due to the SPAMMING issue mentioned above. We had no way of knowing who received it and who did not. We did not want to just resend it to everyone for fear of duplicating the email message. The December 2004 newsletter is posted online in the Newsletter Section of the ARC Network along with all the past issues.
The ARC Network is also in the process of automating our membership registration and membership renewal process. We have already contracted for an electronic ecommerce merchant account and are now working on re-writing the database to tie in with an online credit card acceptance program. Hopefully, this new process will be much more convenient and easier for ARC Network members and potential members.
ARC Network will be relocating its office
In Other News
Each month the ARC Network continues to grow with new memberships and contacts. We now have over 500 members and going strong. We would like to thank everyone for their support.
The ARC Network would like to thank everyone for continuing to make the ARC Network the number one web site for accident reconstruction and traffic investigation.
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