NHTSA report: Traffic deaths spiked in 2016

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revealed in a recently released report that there was a spike in traffic deaths in the first six months of 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015.

According to the report, the number of fatal accidents during the period between January to June this year increased by more than 1,500 when compared to the same six-month period last year.

With the NHTSA’s report revealing that 17,775 people lost their lives in traffic-related incidents in the January-June 2016 period, the increase in fatal accidents this year marks the biggest spike in traffic deaths in the last five decades.

The NHTSA report, once again, draws attention to the fact that, so far as traffic safety numbers are concerned, the US continues to lag behind the other industrialized countries of the world.

Against the backdrop of the NHTSA’s findings that the 2016 first-half recorded a 10.4 percent increase in fatal accidents vis-à-vis the 2015 first-half, the agency’s administrator Mark Rosekind said at a recent event in Arlington, Virginia: "All of a sudden we're losing ground. We have an immediate crisis on our hands and we also have a long-term challenge."