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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.