Increase In Traffic Fatalities

posted: 08/06/2012

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic deaths have increased 13.5% during the first three months of 2012. That is a significant figure given the recent trend of declining highway fatalities over the last several years.

For the first quarter of this year, NHTSA says 7,360 people were killed in traffic accidents, up from 6,720 the year before. Despite bad winter road conditions in many parts of the country, the first quarter generally sees a decline in traffic deaths because people drive less. And, in general, American motorists have been curtailing driving, in recent years, to compensate for rising fuel prices.

Noting the first quarter was "unseasonably warmer than usual in most areas of the country," a NHTSA statement cautioned that, "Consequently, the fatality rate for the first quarter should not be used to make inferences for the fatality rate for the whole of 2012."

However, safety experts have been worried about increasing problems with driver distraction, something U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has described as an "epidemic," responsible for as much as one in 11 fatalities on American roads.

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