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Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday. 

Fatalities rose 7.7% to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. That overall rate was significantly outpaced by non-motorist traffic deaths: Bicycle fatalities were up 13%; pedestrian deaths rose 10% and motorcyclist deaths rose by 9%. 

Last year was the deadliest driving year since 2008, when 37,423 people were killed. It was also the year in which American drove 3.1 trillion miles, more than ever...

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