The National Safety Council (NCS) released a report on motor vehicle fatality estimates for the first six months of 2016 that found traffic deaths on the rise across America, as well as in Washington State. From January to June of 2016 there were 19,100 total motor-vehicle deaths, a 9% increase from the same period in 2015 and an 18% increase from 2014. Washington had 253 motor-vehicle deaths in the first half of 2016, an 8% increase from the same period in 2015 and a 12% increase from 2014. One possible explanation for the increase in motor-vehicle deaths is the decrease in gas prices nationwide and the subsequent increase in cumulative miles driven; gas prices have averaged over 16% below 2015 levels through the first six months of the year. Another possible explanation for the increase in fatalities is the rise in distracted driving across America. While many laws have been implemented across the United States to combat distracted driving, many motorists are still texting and calling while driving. As a driver we highly recommend not using your cell phone while driving.
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Please find below more statistics from the NCS report:
States with the most motor-vehicle deaths in the first half of 2016:
- Texas (1,824)
- California (1,702)
- Florida (1,590)
- Georgia (701)
- North Carolina (668)
States with the fewest motor-vehicle deaths in the first of 2016:
- Rhode Island (23)
- Vermont (31)
- Alaska (34)
- Wyoming (42)
- South Dakota (44)
Other notable statistics include: States with the largest motor-vehicle deaths increase since 2014: 1) Vermont, 82% increase; 2) Oregon, 70%; 3) New Hampshire, 61%; 4) Idaho, 46%; 5) Florida, 43%. States with a decrease in motor-vehicle deaths from 2015 to 2016 include Wyoming (24 less deaths), Louisiana (16), North Dakota (16), Minnesota (14), West Virginia (10), Nebraska (9), Nevada (6), Hawaii (4), District of Columbia (1).
NSC Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates, National Safety Council (2016)
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