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Holiday Traffic Fatalities Expected to be Highest in Decade

NSC forecasting 421 deaths, highest since 2008.

by on Aug.30, 2017

The National Safety Council is predicting 421 will die in traffic accidents during the long Labor Day weekend.

With the Labor Day holiday coming up, Americans are expected to take to the roads in record numbers, and the National Safety Council expects that will mean the highest number of traffic fatalities in a decade during the long weekend.

The weekend begins Sept. 1 and ends Sept. 4, according to the safety group.

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The NSC estimates 421 people will be killed and another 48,400 injured seriously enough to require medical attention in car crashes during the weekend — its highest forecast since 2008. It’s also 11% higher than the average number of deaths for the holiday weekend. (more…)

After Long Decline, Traffic Deaths Again on the Rise

"These numbers are a wake-up call," warns Rosekind.

by on Nov.24, 2015

Government data suggest distracted driving is responsible for at least 10% of fatalities.

Traffic deaths spiked by 8% during the first half of the year, according to a new federal report, reversing a decade-long downward trend.

Officials point to a variety of factors that may be behind the unexpected increase, including both lower fuel prices and the improving economy. That has led to more Americans driving more frequently and for longer distances. A new AAA report, for example, indicates 42 million Americans will drive at least 42 miles over the coming Thanksgiving holiday.

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“These numbers are a wake-up call,” said Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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