This study was disappointing to read but I am not surprised as I navigate the roads and see how everyone is so hurried to get to their destination.
Traffic deaths in the U.S. have increased every month for the past six months compared with the same months in 2014. How astounded are you to hear this type of bad news?
To try to stop this growing trend, the National Safety Council (NSC) encourages all drivers to get more disciplined on safety to stop future fatalities and injuries. Unfortunately the Council expects the increases to continue through summer – already a period known as the 100 deadly days. The risky driving period begins Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day, and the three-month stretch has claimed 48,579 lives since 2010.
The Council believes the spike in fatal car crashes – an 11-percent increase during the past three months and an 8-percent overall increase in the past six – is due in part to an improving economy. Lower gas prices and lower unemployment rates often lead to an increase in traffic because more people can afford to drive, and many travel long distances and take vacations. Certain crash factors, such as speeding and alcohol, are more common during the summer, too. A yearly average of 2,781 deaths in June, July and August involve speeding, and 2,846 involve alcohol.
To help stay safe on the roads this summer, the Council recommends:
- Make sure every passenger wears a safety belt.
- Designate an alcohol- and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation.
- Take regular breaks to avoid fatigue on long trips.
- Never use a cell phone behind the wheel.
Fatal car crashes have seen an 11 percent increase during the past three months and an 8 percent increase in the past six months.