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Traffic Fatalities Trending Up in 2015

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Traffic Fatalities Trending Up in 2015

Early estimates of motor vehicle traffic fatalities indicate rates have increased in 2015 after several years of decline according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An estimated 16,225 people died in motor vehicle traffic accidents in the first half of 2015, nearly 1,200 more than reported in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated that in the Midwest region, home to Illinois, vehicle traffic fatalities are expected to rise by 16% in 2015, more than any other region.

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The increase in estimated fatalities during the first half of this year reveals a need to reinvigorate the fight against deadly behavior on America’s roads.

Other trends remained stubbornly constant. Deaths in drunk driving crashes continue to represent roughly one-third of fatalities; approximately half of all vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts; and speeding was a factor in more than one in four deaths.
More information can be found at nhtsa.gov or http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812217.pdf

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