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NHTSA: Highway Fatalities Rose by 7.2 Percent in 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is attributing the increase in highway deaths to increased driving due to job growth and cheaper gas prices, in addition to increased driving by young people.

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Property Casualty 360 reported that highway fatalities in the U.S. rose by nearly 7.2 percent last year, bringing the total number of deaths to more than 35,000, NBC New York reported, citing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This number puts 2015 ahead with the highest one-year increase since 1966, when fatalities rose by 8.1 percent.

NHTSA is attributing the increase in highway deaths to increased driving due to job growth and cheaper gas prices, in addition to increased driving by young people.

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