Traffic Fatalities Surge in 2016

early traffic fatality numbers 2016Early numbers published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that traffic deaths rose 10.4% in the first half of this year, after an unexpected increase in 2015.

This rising trend is troubling government and law enforcement officials, leading the NHTSA to partner with the National Safety Council in an effort to curb traffic fatalities before it gets any worse.

Citing a successful “zero deaths” Swedish initiative from 1997 that has spread across the globe, NHTSA is looking to end traffic fatalities by 2046 by enacting a similar program here in the states:

“We have an immediate crisis on our hands,” said NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind at a conference in Washington, adding that officials have a long-term challenge to stem the increase and ultimately eliminate road deaths.

The fatality total is “not just a number,” Mr. Rosekind said. “Those are people.”

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