Traffic Fatalities Up 5-Percent Reversing Near Decade Decline

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Traffic fatalities in the United States rose five-percent last year, reversing a seven year decline.

Missouri and Illinois didn’t avoid this increase.

Missouri’s motor vehicle deaths for 2012 numbered 830 — that’s up six percent over 2011. In Illinois, 952 people died in auto accidents — up four percent from 2011.

“The driving habits of the America people are not what we’d like to see,” said News Transportation Safety analyst Mark Rosenker.

Rosenker says he would like to see everyone wearing seatbelts and a reduction in drunk/ distracted driving.

Rosenker also blames the improving economy citing people driver faster when they have money to burn, and possibly the mile winter.

Crash injuries requiring medical attention also rose five percent last year nation wide.

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