At a conference between the Department of Transportation, National Safety Council, and other traffic safety groups, a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and injuries on United States roadways over the next 30 years was made.
An ambitious goal, considering there were 35,092 traffic fatalities in 2015 – a 7.2 percent jump from the year previous, according to media sources.
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) spoke at the conference, saying that an immediate crisis is on our hands. In the first half of 2016, there were 17,775 motor vehicle traffic related fatalities. This figure compares to the 16,100 over the same period in 2015.
According to several media sources, the recent improvement in the economy means more people on the roads. The Federal Highway Administration says there has been a 3.3 percent increase in the total miles driven by Americans in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
The following information is provided by the NHTSA regarding motor vehicle crashes in 2015.