Roughly 170 people died in car accidents on the region's roads in 2011, down from 178 in 2010, new federal figures show.
Five years ago, more than 230 people died on area roads.
Fatal car wrecks have declined locally and nationally for several years, a trend traffic analysts attribute to better technology and driver education.
Teens and young adults remain the most likely age group to die in car accidents. Men die locally in car wrecks much more often than women. And fatal accidents occur most often between 6 p.m. and midnight.