Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Deadly Pursuit Driving Fatalities Head in the Wrong Direction

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Deadly Pursuit Driving Fatalities Head in the Wrong Direction

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Turns out there's a downside to declining gas prices and falling unemployment: more people dying on the road.

Traffic fatalities in the United States - 38,300 - jumped 8 percent in 2015, the largest increase in 50 years, according to the National Safety Council. The preliminary estimates released Wednesday will be further refined as more information, such as autopsies and police reports, become available to the nonprofit organization.

Until then, the council is warning the nation's drivers not to throw caution to the wind, even as gas prices fell 28 percent over the previous year and more of them may be driving (joyfully, we hope) to jobs than in preceding years.

Some states did far worse than the national average. Road fatalities rose by 27 percent in Oregon, 22 percent in Georgia and 18 percent in Florida. …

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