Traffic Deaths are on the Rise

The National Safety Council estimates that traffic deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents rose for the first time in almost a decade. The Council reported that fatalities were 14 percent higher through the first six months of 2015 than they were during the same period in 2014, and serious injuries were 30 percent higher.

“The trend we are seeing on our roadways is like a flashing red light—danger lies ahead,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “Be a defensive driver and make safe decisions behind the wheel. Your life really depends on it.”

While the high death and injury toll could be due to many factors, the Council said that an improving economy with lower gas prices and unemployment rates has more people on the road. They also point to an increase in distracted-driving accidents. According to Injury Facts 2015, the Council’s annual report on unintentional injuries, the three biggest causes of fatalities on the road are alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving. So slow down, drive sober, put your phone away, and enjoy safe travels this spring!

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