Now that summer’s here, more commuters are on the road. So, we need to be careful more than ever. Because Connecticut’s death toll just reached scary territory.
CT Post reports that there’s been 132 fatalities on Connecticut’s highways this year. At this time last year, State Police responded to 127 deaths.
However, the year prior? 106. The year before that? 92.
Blame bad drivers, distracted driving, or crummy road conditions all you want for this mess. But, you can’t ignore the fact that the death toll spikes every year. Or that the summer driving season happens to be the deadliest time on the roads, too.
Now until Labor Day, teens especially need to be careful on our roads. Statistically, younger drivers become 15% more likely to have a fatal accident between the Memorial and Labor Day weekends. Because, obviously, kids go to parties or out with their friends since school’s out. And, let’s face it, they’re the least experienced drivers on our roadways.
And they do make mistakes.
That’s why AAA dubs this time “the 100 deadliest days.”
Considering Connecticut’s rising death toll, along with our deteriorating road conditions despite ramped up construction, it’s imperative to be careful.
Turns out that this is a nation-wide problem. 2016 happened to be one of the deadliest years on record on the roads.
40,200 people died in crashes last year, which was 6 percent higher than 2015’s number. Comparing that to 2014’s data, it’s 14 percent higher.
The reason why I’m saying this is because that so happens to be the largest 2-year escalation since 1964.
Not to mention, over 4.6 million people suffered crash-related injuries last year.
This number also correlates with the amount of people comfortable with travelling over the speed limit and/or using a cellphone while driving. 64 percent of respondents to a AAA survey said they’re comfortable with speeding while 47 percent found nothing wrong with texting behind the wheel.
So, keep those numbers in mind the next time you climb into the driver’s seat. With lower gas prices means more people are on the road. Considering summer happens to be the busiest season for drivers, Connecticut’s death toll will, sadly, only go up.