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2015 traffic fatalities could increase over 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a decline in traffic fatalities in 2014. While this is good news, the same cannot be same for 2015.

Early indications show an increase in estimated traffic deaths during the first half of 2015.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Analysis Reporting System shows 32,675 traffic deaths in 2014. This was a 0.1 percent decreased compared to 2013. Unfortunately, the first six months of 2015 show a fatality estimate increase of 8.1 percent.

The Transportation Secretary, among others, is concerned about this increase. He said the following:

"Everyone with a responsibility for road safety – the federal, State and local governments, law enforcement, vehicle manufacturers, safety advocates and road users – needs to reassess our efforts to combat threats to safety."

To combat the increase in motor vehicle deaths, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a variety of safety initiatives. This includes the agency's first attempt to prevent drowsy driving. Furthermore, it has scheduled a gathering in Washington to discuss strategies and engage with new partners in the fight against traffic deaths.

Every driver is aware of the fact that they could be involved in an accident at any time. However, some people make mistakes that increase the chance of causing an accident that kills or injures one or more person.

As a driver, you have the responsibility of making safe decisions at all times. You should also be aware of what is going on around you, as other drivers, such as those who are drowsy, could cause an accident. Remember, the statistics don't lie.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Traffic fatalities fall in 2014, but early estimates show 2015 trending higher," Nov. 24, 2015

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