Wednesday, February 24, 2016

National Increase in Traffic Deaths in 2015

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Mike Maciag with Governing Magazine reported on government data showing an 8 percent rise in traffic deaths over the first half of 2015 compared to the previous year. This uptick is the highest first-half of the year tally since 2009. Two main factors are blamed for the increase, the improving economy and the wide variance in state traffic laws. The improving economy generates more discretionary income which allows families to travel more and parents tend to purchase more cars for teenagers. Seat belt use, motorcycle helmet use, and ignition interlock devices for DWI offenders are areas where state law varies across the country and could be improved.

For the complete article, click here: Why Are Traffic Deaths Rising? - Mike Maciag - Governing

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