Study shows increase in traffic fatalities nationwide

Published: Sep. 8, 2016 at 9:19 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:18 PM MST
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ARIZONA (Tucson News Now) - A new study shows it's more dangerous to be out on the road.

Researchers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say in 2015, more people died driving on the roads in the U.S. than the year before.

Fatalities increased by 7.2 percent, the highest increase they've seen in 50 years.

Motorcycle fatalities increased by 8.3 percent nationwide, the highest since 2012.

Pedestrian fatalities also increased by 9.5 percent nationwide, the highest since 1996.

Bicyclist fatalities increased by 12.2 percent nationwide, the highest since 1995.

From 2014 to 2015, there was a 36 percent increase in alcohol-related fatalities in Arizona alone.

In states without a universal helmet law, 58 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2015 were not wearing helmets, as compared to 8 percent in states with helmet laws.

Arizona is among the 10 states with the highest percentage of roadway fatalities involving motorcyclists, prompting concern for both riders and others drivers on the road.

[READ: AZ among 10 worst in US for motorcyclist deaths]

The highest increase in fatalities were in July and September - around 11 percent.

According to a 2015 preliminary driving report by ADOT, deadly car crashes are up in Arizona. In 2015, there were 891 motor-vehicle crash fatalities on Arizona roadways in 2015, up from 773 in 2014.

Officials with the Arizona Department of Transportation say at least 34 percent of those killed in motor-vehicle crashes in 2014 were not wearing safety devices, including seat belts and helmets.

[READ: Deadly crashes on the rise in southern AZ]

Read the full NHTSA report below:

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