Traffic Deaths soar 13.5 percent in 1st quarter of 2012 as motorists increase their driving

Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 15:16

Traffic deaths soared 13.5 percent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year, and the number of deaths per miles driven also rose significantly, according to preliminary government estimates released Friday.
An estimated 7,630 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first three months of 2012, up from 6,720 deaths in the first quarter of last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. It’s not unusual for preliminary estimates to change, but revisions usually don’t vary significantly.