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No explanations as traffic deaths jump 13.5 percent

from Streetsblog Capitol Hill

In the first three months of this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 7,630 people died in traffic crashes on American streets. That's 910 more than the first quarter of last year — a sobering 13.5 percent increase. "If these projections for the first quarter of 2012 are realized, it will represent the second largest year-to-year quarterly increase in fatalities since NHTSA began recording traffic fatalities (1975)," the agency said in its report. "The largest recorded year-to-year quarterly increase by NHTSA was a 15.3-percent increase in fatalities during the first quarter of 1979." This is only the third quarter since 2006 to see an increase in fatalities. more


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