Labor Day Weekend Driving May Be Deadlier Than Ever (EHS Today)

Labor Day Weekend Driving May Be Deadlier Than Ever

  Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 Source: EHS Today

Often, trends are a good thing. However, the current trend — and increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents — could result in the United States experiencing its deadliest driving year since 2007. And with Labor Day coming up, traditionally a deadly weekend on U.S. roads, the National Safety Council is warning drivers to be aware on the roads. Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9 percent higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18 percent higher than two years ago at the six-month mark. An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January — enough to fill 382 school buses — and 2.2 million were seriously injured. The total estimated cost of these deaths and injuries is $205 billion.

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