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Federal officials estimate traffic fatalities are on track to substantially increase in 2015, following a record-low of Americans dying in vehicles in 2014.

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday announced 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, a 0.1 percent decrease from the previous year. The fatality rate fell to a record-low of 1.07 deaths per million vehicle miles traveled.

But estimates for the first six months of 2015 show a troubling increase in the number of fatalities. This year, officials estimate 2015 fatalities are up 8.1 percent from the same period last year: 21,022 Americans died in vehicles in 2014 – the lowest number since data began being collected in 1975. While cyclist deaths also declined, the number of pedestrians killed rose by 3.1 percent from 2013 and is on track to possibly increase more than 10 percent in 2015.



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