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Wednesday, August 31 2016
 
Highway fatalities in the United States rose by 7.2 percent last year, bringing the total number of deaths to more than 35,000. This puts 2015 ahead with the highest one-year increase since 1966 when fatalities rose by 8.1 percent. 

NHTSA attributed the rise in highway deaths to increased driving because of job growth and cheaper gasoline prices, in addition to increased driving by young people. Nearly 50 percent of those killed weren’t wearing their seat belts. Drunk driving, speeding and distraction from mobile devices also contributed to the alarming increase with almost one in three fatalities involving drunk drivers or speeding and one in 10 fatalities involving distraction, reports revealed. 

“The data tell us that people die when they drive drunk, distracted, or drowsy, or if they are speeding or unbuckled,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “While there have been enormous improvements in many of these areas, we need to find new solutions to end traffic fatalities.” In response to the increase in traffic deaths, DOT, NHTSA, and the White House are issuing a call to action to involve researchers, safety experts and data scientists in helping to determine the causes of the increase. 

“Despite decades of safety improvements, far too many people are killed on our nation’s roads every year,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Solving this problem will take teamwork, so we’re issuing a call to action and asking researchers, safety experts, data scientists, and the public to analyze the fatality data and help find ways to prevent these tragedies.”
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