More People Die On US Roads In 2016: NSC Survey

For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary 2016 data from the US National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That marks a six percent increase over 2015, and a 14 percent increase over 2014, the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964, 53 years. The preliminary estimate means 2016 may have been the deadliest year on the nation’s roads since 2007. An estimated 4.6 million additional roadway users were seriously injured in 2016, and estimated cost to society was $432 billion.
A survey by NSC, a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy since 1913, released recently, provides a glimpse of the risky things drivers are doing. Although 83 percent of drivers surveyed believe driving is a safety concern, a startling number say they are comfortable speeding (64 percent), texting either manually or through voice controls (47 percent), driving while impaired by marijuana (13 percent), or driving after they feel they have had too much alcohol (10 percent).
Motor vehicle fatality estimates are subject to slight increases and decreases as data mature. NSC uses data from the National Centre for Health Statistics, an arm of the CDC, so that deaths occurring within 100 days of the crash and on both public and private roadways – such as parking lots and driveways – are included in the Council’s estimates.
“Our complacency is killing us. Americans believe there is nothing we can do to stop crashes from happening, but that is not true. The U.S. lags the rest of the developed world in addressing highway fatalities. We know what needs to be done; we just haven’t done it,” Deborah A P Hersman, President and CEO of NSC, said.

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