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May 27, 2015: Traffic Deaths Rise Over 6 Months, Expected Increase Into Summer

Traffic Deaths Rise 2015

Compared to the same period in 2014, traffic deaths increased steadily through November to May of 2015, according to the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC). This trend was only expected to rise as the “100 Deadly Days”, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day that usually sees the most traffic deaths, began.

Between March 2015 to May 2015, there was an 11% increase in traffic fatalities, as well as an 8% overall increase between November and May 2015.

The NSC theorized that the spike in fatal car crashes between November to May of 2015 may be explained by the improving economy. “Lower gas prices and lower unemployment rates often lead to an increase in traffic because more people can afford to drive, and many travel long distances and take vacations,” explained the NSC May 27, 2015 Press Release. Historically, the rate of traffic deaths has increased as the summer, or “100 Deady Days”, begins.

The “100 Deadly Days” of Summer

Since 2010, forty-eight thousand five-hundred and seventy-nine people have died in traffic accidents during these “100 Deadly Days”. The summer often sees an increase in several crash factors, like speeding and consumption of alcohol. In June, July and August, a yearly average of 2,781 traffic deaths involve speeding, and 2,846 of traffic deaths involve alcohol.

Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, in an NSC Press Release, cautioned the public to be extra aware of their driving safety during this hazardous period. “While the statistics point out a dangerous trend, we have the ability to influence outcomes through our choices and behavior. Summer is typically a high-exposure period with lots of miles driven and several long holiday weekends,” explained Hersman, “Take your responsibilities behind the wheel this summer seriously and ensure that you get to your destination safety.”


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