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July 30, 2012

Warm Weather Killing Drivers: NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator is blaming warm weather for the increase in traffic deaths during the first three months of the year. The NHTSA says that traffic deaths jumped by 13.5% during this three-month period to reach its highest point since 2008. The rate of increase for the quarter is the steepest since 1979 and the second highest since the NHTSA started tracking road deaths per quarter in 1975.

For the first quarter of 2012, there were a 1.1 deaths for every 100 million miles traveled, which means that you are completely safe as long as you don’t drive more than 99,999,999 miles in a quarter. In total, 7,630 folks died on American roads this quarter, a solid increase from the 6,720 who died for the same quarter in 2011.

The NHTSA pointed out that an unseasonal warm quarter led to more people on the roads, which led to more accidents and deaths.

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