quinta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2010
ATLANTA, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The number of U.S. teen drivers killed in a fatal crash dropped by one-third from 2004 to 2008, due to graduated driver licensing, officials say.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, published in Thursday's CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, says the number of 16- and 17-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes decreased by 36 percent -- from 2,230 in 2004 to 1,437 in 2008 with two-thirds of the fatalities involving male teens.
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC, says vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for U.S. teens though most are preventable, but the graduated driver licensing programs -- which limit driving at night and while transporting other teen passengers -- are widely credited with contributing to the reduction in fatal teen vehicle crashes.
The rates of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes varied widely among states ranging from 9.7 per 100,000 in New York and New Jersey to 59.6 per 100,000 in Wyoming.
Of the 11,019 people who died in crashes involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers, 37 percent were the young drivers themselves, 31 percent were passengers of young drivers, 18 percent were drivers of other vehicles and 7 percent were passengers of the other drivers. An additional 7 percent involved bicyclists or pedestrians.
The online retailer, Amazon, has reported a 16% rise in third-quarter profit, as its Kindle e-book reader continues to bolster sales.
Amazon made a net profit of $231m (£147m) in the three months to September, up from the $199m it made in the same period a year earlier.
Revenues rose 39% to $7.56bn.
But the firm also said that its total operating expenses rose more than 40% to $7.29bn, sending its shares down 5% in after-hours trading.
The Kindle launched in the US in 2007. Since going on sale in other countries, including the UK, in 2009, it has become Amazon's fastest-selling and best-selling item.
Revenue from Amazon's largest sales category - electronics and other general merchandise, which includes the Kindle - shot up 68% to $3.97bn.
Revenue from books, CDs, DVDs and other media grew by 14% to $3.35bn.
Looking ahead, Amazon said it expected sales in the last three months of the year to be between $12bn and $13.3bn, representing growth of between 26% and 40%.
Mike Koskuba, an analyst at Victory Capital Management, said he was confident the retailer would continue to perform well.