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Old 02-17-2017, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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U.S. traffic fatalities jumped way up last year. Drive safe out there!

The National Safety Council’s annual report on traffic deaths estimates that 40,200 people died in U.S. car crashes in 2016, which is up six percent from 2015 estimates, and a total increase of a terrifying 14 percent in just two years.

Additionally, the NHTSA claims that half of traffic fatalities are related to passengers not buckling their seatbelts, and around a third of estimated fatalities involved alcohol or drug impairment, according to The New York Times. The last time annual traffic deaths eclipsed 40,000 people was back in 2007, and despite the advancement of automotive safety features over the last decade, we’re going backwards.
From: Annual Traffic Deaths Rose To A Terrifying 40,200 People Last Year

And apparently, even when controlling for vehicle miles driven, the trend is going in the wrong direction (from a comment posted under that article):

Buried in the actual report (not the NY times article referenced)
“The estimated annual mileage death rate is 1.25 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, an increase of 3% from the 2015 rate.”
Drive safe out there!!

To prevent complacency, I make YouTube dashcam crash video compilations a regular part of my time-wasting/entertainment diet. (Good discussion here: My favourite car-related YouTube channel: Cold War Motors (What's yours?))

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Old 02-17-2017, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Given how people drive around here it's not all that surprising.

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Just wonder what percentage of those highway deaths were "self-inflicted" Darwin Awards?
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people are morons and the car manufacturers are making cars for morons who cant see the car in front of them or next to them.
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A large percentage of the deaths are from the increase in highway deaths.

In our state the increase is directly related to an increase in deaths where highway speed limits have been increased.

As states increase speed limits to close the road funding gaps expect more highway deaths.

Trump is in the whitehouse republicans in all 3 branches of government, so expect roadway speeds to increase
(because obviously increasing funding isn't a tax increase)
and "personal responsibility " to rule the day.

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