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The Negative With the Positive

In 1920, 9,130 people died in automobile accidents.

In 1930, 29,080 people died in automobile accidents.

Question: Is it safer to drive automobiles today, taking into account the number of cars on road (use the previous week's statistics and/or current data), road conditions, etc.?

Source: Robert Sullivan's Cross Country, 2006, p. 222