Study: Hawaii traffic deaths declined in 2015

Study: Hawaii traffic deaths declined in 2015

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii is among 13 states that saw a decline in motor vehicle deaths in 2015, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by the National Safety Council.

In 2015, 94 people died on Hawaii roads. That's down from 99 in 2014 and 105 in 2013, according to the council's figures.

The decline comes as motor vehicle deaths are up nationally.

The number of traffic deaths in the United States rose 8 percent from 2014 to 2015, the council reported Wednesday.

About 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads and 4.4 million were seriously injured.

The figures make 2015 the deadliest driving year since 2008.

The council blamed the increase in deaths on a stronger and lower unemployment rates, which combined put more people on the roads.

Some of the biggest increases in traffic deaths last year were seen in Oregon (up 27 percent), Georgia (22 percent) and Florida (18 percent).

Among the 13 states that showed improvement, New Mexico saw a 20 percent drop in motor vehicle deaths and Kansas road deaths were down 7 percent. Hawaii saw a 5 percent decline in traffic deaths in 2015.

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