The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new statistics this week showing traffic fatalities rose thirteen and a half percent in the first quarter of this year. Approximately 7,630 people died in vehicle crashes in the first three months of 2012 compared to 6,720 deaths in that same timeframe in 2011. If these statistics hold when the numbers are finalized, it would be the second largest increase since fatalities began being tracked by the agency in 1975.
The NHTSA did not speculate as to why such a dramatic took place this year after trending downward in previous years. Traditionally, traffic deaths in the first quarter are lower than the rest of the year because winter weather decreases the number of cars on the road. Milder weather in the early part of the year could have increased the number of drivers, leading to the spike in fatalities.
The Federal Highway Administration data shows Americans drove nearly 10 billion more miles early this year than in 2011. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) hopes that traffic fatalities can be decreased despite the increase in miles driven if more steps are taken to “improve driver safety such as limiting distractions, reducing impaired driving and promoting a culture of safety among motorists.”
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