NHTSA Reports Record Increase in Traffic Fatalities in 2012
Contrast that increase with Federal Highway Administration data that shows total U.S. vehicle miles traveled rose only 0.6% during the same period, and one might wonder why so many more people perished on American roads in 2012.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) offers several explanations. First, warm weather last winter meant more motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians shared the roads with cars, trucks and SUVs. Additionally, the GHSA explains that when economic conditions improve and gas becomes more affordable, people engage in more discretionary driving.