Traffic deaths increase unexpectedly
Traffic deaths in the U.S. have increased every month for the past six months compared with the same months in 2014, says the National Safety Council. The group expects the increases to continue this summer in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, known as the 100 deadly days, in traffic safety circles.
The Council believes the spike in fatal car crashes an 11 percent increase in the past three months and an 8 percent increase in the past six is caused in part by an improving economy. Lower gas prices and lower unemployment often lead to an increase in traffic because more people can afford to drive more, and many travel long distances and take vacations. Certain crash factors, such as speeding and alcohol, are also more common during the summer.Download Bulletin PDF