Traffic Deaths Increase
For the first time in 50 years, we experienced a 7.2% increase in traffic deaths from 2014 to 2015. The 35,092 traffic fatalities end a 50 year decline in deaths. Despite safety measures taken, Secretary Anthony Foxx reached out to safety experts, the public, and scientists in an effort to work together to prevent deaths on the road. Over the course of 2015, Vehicle Miles increased by 3.4%, the largest increase in 25 years. Studies show an increasing amount of drivers who die were either drunk, distracted, drowsy, or weren’t wearing their seat belt. The NHTSA states that nearly all traffic fatalities occur to someone who was not buckled-up.