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Traffic Fatalities Continued to Surge in First half of 2016

 By: Joan Lowy l The Associated Press. 8/23/2016


WASHINGTON - Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months 

of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge

in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel 

picked up, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the 

National Safety Council.

  

An estimated 19,100 people were killed on U.S. roads from January through

June, said the council, a congressionally chartered nonprofit that gets its data

from state authorities. That's 18 percent more than two years ago at the six-month

mark. About 2.2 million people also were seriously injured in the first half of this year.

 

The council estimates the cost of these deaths and injuries at about $205 billion.

 

U.S. drivers have also put in a record 1.58 trillion miles on the road in the first half of this year,

a 3.3 percent increase over the same period in 2015, the Federal Highway Administration said this

week. To read the full article about driver fatalities in the first half of 2016, click here. 

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