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Mapped: Every U.S. Road Casualty From 2001-2009

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Hitting the road? You're definitely not going to be alone. Ever wonder how many people have died in accidents along the same roads on which you're driving? Okay, so it's not the most cheerful thought, but between 2001 and 2009, 369,629 people died on America's roads. Now The Guardian UK has published an interactive map produced using that data so you can zoom in and see each of those casualties visually represented. On the map, "each dot represents a life."

Besides the obvious admonition to drive safely, dammit, we can't help but echo the Think on That blogger who said: "I do not know what to do with this information but I found it to be tragic yet very interesting. I urge everyone to follow the link and take a look at the number of accident deaths in the United States over the last 10 years. Can anyone draw any good conclusions from this?"

We've taken screengrabs of some major US cities--in some cases the dots are so tightly packed it's hard to even see the words or lines on the map. So, yeah: Drive safely, dammit.