Traffic Fatalities Are on the Rise
2016 marked the second consecutive year in which traffic fatalities have increased across the country. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 40,200 fatalities occurred from motor vehicles, a six-percent increase from the previous year. Although cheaper gas prices have led to more cars on the road, which tends to lead to more deaths, the Federal Highway Administration reports that motor-vehicle fatalities are growing at a more rapid pace than the 3% increase in miles driven on American roads. Although it is difficult to pinpoint specific reasons behind the spike in deadly crashes, the NSC points to speeding, drunken driving, and distracted drivers as likely significant factors.
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