(NBC News) Last year as many as 40,000 people died on our nation’s roads and highways, up more than six percent from 2015 and 14 percent from the year before, the biggest two-year jump in more than half a century.
A new survey released by the National Safety Council points to several disturbing factors fueling the increase: 64 percent of drivers said they were comfortable speeding, 47 percent admitted to texting while behind the wheel, 13 percent said they drove after using marijuana and 10 percent after drinking alcohol.
“These are big warning signs, we need to pay attention to them, and we need to do more,” says NSC President & CEO Deborah Hersman.
The NSC is calling for major changes in state and federal laws including banning all cell phone use by drivers, including “hands-free” devices, creating mandatory seat belt laws that extend to every passenger in every vehicle and requiring all drivers under the age of 21 adhere to a progressive, three-tiered licensing system.
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