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After decades of steady decease, traffic death rose by 4 percent during the first half of the year in the US, according to a new report.

The US automotive industry and market are on the path to a record year. The economic growth and low fuel prices are driving the demand upwards and auto sales are booming. But, unfortunately, not only the auto sales are increasing. Low fuel prices mean longer drives and more cars on the road also means more accidents. A new AAA report, indicates 42 million Americans will drive at least 42 miles over the Thanksgiving holiday. “These numbers are a wake-up call,” said Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And all these factors led to another kind increase, but not desirable at all. According to the new federal report, traffic death rose by 4 percent during the first half of this year in the US, with 94 percent driver error of all accidents to be blamed for. “It is important for Americans to know that human behaviors are by far the largest cause of fatalities,” Rosekind said.

The darkest period in US highway fatalities was in the 1970s, but then dropped 40 percent over the following four decades, until a 0,1 percent decrease in 2014. The reversed trend has begun this year, with a 4 percent rise in traffic death during the first half in 2015. The main factor in reducing fatalities over the last 40 years has been the accelerated development in safety technologies. According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the electronic stability control system has been considered as the most important safety equipment introduced to cars since seatbelts became mandatory in the US.

Via The Detroit Bureau