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Report Shows Traffic Deaths Increased in 2012

Elsie Aniekwe4 years ago

According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic deaths may be on the rise. As detailed in a recent article in the Washington Post, safety officials have documented a 13.5% increase in traffic fatalities in the first quarter of 2012 (as compared to 2011).

While the NHTSA has not offered an explanation for the increase, they have speculated that a recovering economy and a mild winter could both be factors.

Traffic Death Increases- 2011 to 2012

Information below provided by NHTSA.

  1. In the first three months of this year, 7,630 people died in automobile accidents.
  2. During the same time last year, 6,720 people died in traffic accidents (the lowest in 6 decades).
  3. This amounts to a 13.5% increase in traffic deaths between the two years.
  4. If the trend does not change, this will be the second largest year-to-year quarterly increase in traffic deaths since 1975.

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