Distracted Driving Fatalities Drop as Highway Deaths Rise

Distracted Driving Fatalities Drop as Highway Deaths Rise

Distracted driving fatalities decreased slightly in 2012 according to the latest fatality analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Distracted-affected crashed killed 3,328 people last year, compared to 3,360 in 2011. While it’s not a drastic decrease, the more alarming statistic is that 421,000 people were injured in distracted driving-related accidents – a nine-percent increase from 387,000 in 2011.

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Meanwhile, U.S. highway deaths rose to 33,561 last year, a three-percent increase compared to 2011. 2012 saw 1,082 more deaths on the highway according to NHTSA’s 2012 fatality analysis. NHTSA also announced that it has just started to quantify distraction-related accidents, which are related to texting, phoning or answering a call while driving.

Drunk driving deaths also increased nearly five percent to 10,322 versus 9,865 in 2011.

“Highway deaths claim more than 30,000 lives each year, and while we’ve made substantial progress over the past 50 years, it’s clear that we have much more work to do,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox said in a statement.

[Source: Automotive News]