Traffic Deaths Take a Big Jump Up
Traffic deaths in the first quarter of 2012 increased by 13.5 percent in the USA according to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An estimated 7,630 people died in auto crashes in the first three months of 2012. It is the second largest year-to-year quarterly increase since the government began recording traffic fatalities in 1975. Traffic accidents have been on the decline for the past several years due to fewer miles traveled, safer roads, and safer automobiles. NHTSA did not have an explanation for why the fatalities count increased so much but safety experts believe the cause was due to a recovering economy and mild winter across the country during which people drove more.