U.S. traffic deaths rise by 9% in first half of 2012
The data comes courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has not ventured a hypothesis on the factors behind the increase. Automotive News indicates other safety groups believe the jump could be attributable to culprits as wide ranging as the weather, the economy and fuel prices. A spike in the popularity of synthetic drugs and texting while driving could also be to blame.
It could be more than a year before NHTSA releases vetted figures, complete with the causes behind them.
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