U.S. issues ‘call to action’ after traffic deaths rise

The increase in 2015 U.S. highway fatalities significantly outpaced a 3.5 percent rise in vehicle miles traveled, the largest gain since 1992, suggesting other factors contributed to the growth in deadly crashes last year and prompting the administration to solicit input from outsiders. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is seeking support from researchers and data scientists to help understand and ultimately combat the leading causes of traffic deaths after a significant spike last year. The Obama administration on Monday issued what it called an “unprecedented call to action” to outside groups as it released a final analysis of traffic fatality data from 2015, when roadside deaths jumped by 7.2 percent from 2014 to 35,092, the most since 2008. While far fewer than the 42,708 traffic deaths recorded…


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