DOT: Traffic Deaths Are on the Rise

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) shows a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015, the last year studied. Get details here and take steps to make sure you’re not contributing to the increase.

According to the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014. The NHTSA estimate, which will undergo further analysis, shows 9 out of 10 regions within the United States with increased traffic fatalities.

The DOT is partnering with automakers, requiring that more than 99 percent of new vehicles have automatic emergency-braking standards by 2022. This safety technology could prevent thousands of crashes each year. The DOT is also working to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems on new vehicles. The DOT says this technology could help drivers avoid or mitigate 70 to 80 percent of vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers.

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