Will 2015 Be The Deadliest Driving Year?
Posted on September 12th, 2015 by Zane Cagle
According to the National Safety Council, traffic deaths have surged dramatically in the first half of 2015 as Americans hit the roads in record numbers. Many attribute the record high number of miles drivin due to a stronger economy and more affordable fuel as a factor in the increase in roadway fatalities.
With traffic fatalities surging, it puts the U.S. on pace to be the deadliest for drivers since 2007.
“We’re not even to the more dangerous parts of the year, ” said Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at the nonprofit National Safety Council which found traffic deaths have jumped 14% compared with the same period in 2014. An estimated 32,675 people died due to traffic crashes in 2014. “If this pace continues, we could exceed 40,000 deaths for the first time since 2007”, said Kolosh.
The increase in deaths could be the overturn of a decline in traffic deaths over the last 50 years even as the number of drivers on the roadway have doubled. Statistically, cars have become safer and traffic laws more strict. The estimated cost of the deaths, injuries and property damage to the crashes is estimated at $152 billion according to the NSC.
American have driven a record 1.54 trillion miles in the first half of 2014, according to the Federal Highway Administration, higher than the mark set in 2007. And, gas prices have hit their lowest Labor Day price in more than a decade. Gas prices are down 30% from 2014.
Alcohol and Distracted Driving
Experts say that more time on the road can result in an increased chance to encounter a drunk driver or a distracted driver. However, the increase in miles doesn’t totally explain the increase crashes. Different areas are seeing different levels of increase such as Oregon which has seen the largest surge of 59% increase in traffic deaths since the same time, first half of 2014.
Drivers who chose to operate a motor vehicle continue to bring serious injury and death to our roadways. However, distracted driving has continued to climb as a common reason for car crashes.
A Trend that Needs Curbing
When safety advocates have worked for years to increase the decline in traffic related fatalities, it is disheartening to see a surge. As individuals, we can only be responsible for our driving behaviors. If each person resolves to be an alert, sober driver, we can stop the surge in traffic fatalities. An economic surge and people returning to the work force and the roadway should not naturally contribute to the surge in road fatalities. Experts will continue to monitor and study the fatalities, causes and factors. But, each of us can contribute to our own safety.
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