Traffic fatalities on the rise across the nation: NSC report
Traffic fatalities jumped 9 percent in the first 6 months of this year, compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary numbers released by the National Safety Council. While the percentage might not seem like a lot, it’s actually a total of 19,100 deaths.
According to the non-profit, which collects data from state authorities, an up-tick in the economy and falling gas prices are to blame for the rise in deaths on the road.
According to information collected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average price at the pumped has fallen more the $1.30 per gallon, or 35% since this time two years ago.
“One hundred deaths every day should outrage us,” said NSC president and CEO Deborah Hersman in a statement. According to her, these numbers are unacceptable.
The preliminary numbers of the Motor Vehicle Fatality Report were released just one month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 2015 saw the most traffic fatalities on U.S. roads since 2008.
State By State Rankings
According to the report, the states that have been particularly hard hit since 2014 are Florida with a 43% increase, Georgia, with a 34% and Indiana with a 33% increase. California, North Carolina Illinois, and Kentucky have also seen a drastic increase.
Texas, while maintaining the highest number of motor vehicle related deaths per state, only saw an increase of 1% from in NSC’s 2015 Motor Vehicle Fatality Report released last year.
A Call To Action For Americans
“Our complacency is killing us,” says Hersman, “Americans should demand change to prioritize safety action and protect ourselves from one of the leading causes of preventable death.”
U.S. drivers have traveled a record 1.58 trillion miles on the road in the first half of this year, which is a 3.3% increase over the same period in 2015, says the Federal Highway Administration.
We assume that because of safety technology advances that cars and roadways are becoming more safe, but in fact the opposite is true. American drivers need to put their focus back on the road, and away from distractions like speeding, cell phones, drowsy and drunk driving.
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- Written by Jill Fowler