WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary government data shows traffic
deaths soared 13.5 percent in the first quarter of the year, compared to
the same period last year. The number of deaths per miles driven also rose
Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted the data online Friday. It
says an estimated 7,630 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first
three months of 2012, up from 6,720 deaths in the first quarter of last
may change later, but revisions usually don't vary much.
estimate holds true, it would be the second biggest year-to-year quarterly
increase since the government began recording traffic fatalities in 1975.
The number of
miles driven by motorists also increased by 1.4 percent, but so did the
rate of accidents per miles driven.