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In a trend reversal, highway deaths on the rise

A recent study demonstrates that deaths from car collisions are on the rise.  Road deaths in the USA rose 5.3% last year to 34,080, the first year-over-year increase in traffic fatalities since 2005, according to preliminary estimates today from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The jump had been widely expected as more people are taking to the roadways as the economy improves. Preliminary data from the Federal Highway Administration shows that vehicle miles traveled in 2012 increased by 9.1 billion miles -- a 0.3% rise. The fatality rate -- which is number of deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled -- is projected to rise to 1.16 from 1.10. Road deaths had steadily decreased each year since 2005, dropping by about 26% from 2005 to 2011, when 32,367 people died on the nation's roads. Crash fatalities were up for every quarter of 2012 compared with 2011, NHTSA says.  For more on the study, click here.

As more people take to the road this spring and summer, be aware of safety on the roadways.  Make sure your automobile is serviced and ready for longer trips.  Also, be cognizant of other drivers, the speed limits, and the laws and rules of the road to stay safe while driving. 

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