A 50 Year Trend Comes To A Crashing End

September 1, 2016

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A 50 year trend has been broken and it's not good news.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released traffic fatality numbers for last year and for the first time since 1966, traffic deaths have increased.  Last year 35,902 people died in car crashes.  That's a 7.2% increase from 2014 and the largest single year increase in 50 years. Nearly half the traffic fatalities in 2015 were passengers who weren't wearing seat belts. And approximately 30% involved a drunk driver. Other factors include distracted driving, speed and driving drowsy.And the higher death trend may be continuing for 2016.  So car, car-crash deaths are up 9% from 2015. Experts say the increase in deaths is attributable to more people driving due, in part, to job growth and cheaper gas.
 

SOURCE: NHTSA

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