phone addiction plus driving equals crashes on the rise- October 13th, 2016
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Motor-vehicle deaths continue to increase in first six months of 2016. Motor-vehicle deaths for January through June of 2016 totaled 19,100. This figure is up 9% from the corresponding period in 2015. The January through June figure for 2016 was up 18% from the 2014 figure. The 6-month total for 2015 was 17,530, an 8% increase from 2014. The 2014 figure was 2% lower than 2013. The estimated annual population death rate is 12.9 deaths per 100,000 population, an 8% increase from the preliminary 2015 rate of 11.9. The estimated annual mileage death rate is 1.3 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, an increase of 8% from the preliminary 2015 rate of 1.2. If the level of increase in fatalities observed during the first two quarters were to remain through the end of the year, total motor vehicle fatalities in 2016 could possibly exceed 40,000 for the first time in nine years.