Not only does transit reduce congestion and is better for the environment, it is safer as well. Each year automobiles cause a tremendous amount of injury to Americans. In 2007* there were 2,491,000 Americans injured by automobiles.
Transit is also safer per mile traveled as well. This chart shows the fatality rates for automobiles and transit:
Transit is 66% safer per mile traveled than automobiles. And because transit encourages denser settlement patterns, it will result in fewer miles traveled which further reduces accidents.
We should continue to do everything we can to improve the saftey of automobiles, cut down on drunk driving, and reduce accidents. But one way to improve our public saftey is to provide transit options that allow safer ways of getting to your destination and hopefully discourage people from driving while alcohol impaired. Save American Lives–Build Transit.
*2007 is the most recent year that had data for all categories compared.