Posted on 11/14/2016 8:01 AM By Rich Savino
Two of the saddest and most disturbing statistics I have ever read:
According to a recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
1. Traffic fatalities in the Continental U.S. were up 10.4 percent in the first six months of 2016 over the same time period in 2015.
The assumption is that if there is an increase in fatalities, it exists as a direct correlation to an increase in driving. But the number of vehicles on the road only rose 3.3 percent during that period. And state highway officials dismiss the association. Having more cars on the road does not necessarily lead to more crashes. Crowded roads can sometimes have the exact opposite effect by forcing drivers to pay closer attention to what is happening around them. Most people are unaware of the fact that accident rates on country roads are statistically higher than city avenues.
2. Even more shocking is the 18 percent rise in traffic fatalities over the comparable 2014 statistics.