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Traffic deaths up sharply in first 6 months of 2015; better economy, lower gas prices cited

Monday, August 17, 2015  
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Traffic deaths were up 14 percent nationally in the first six months of this year and injuries were up by a third, according to data gathered by the National Safety Council.  An improved economy and low gas prices have encouraged Americans to put a record number of miles on the road. But, she said, that's not the whole explanation for the increase in deaths and injuries.  All told, nearly 19,000 people across the country lost their lives in traffic accidents through June, and the tally doesn't include two of the historically highest months for traffic deaths, July and August.  If the trend continues, traffic deaths this year could exceed 40,000 for the first time since 2007, when there were nearly 44,000 deaths. The increases began in the last quarter of 2014 and have been recorded consistently through each month of this year.  Click here to read more.....

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