Launch of First Daily Traffic Safety Newswire Coincides with Preliminary Report of Major Increase in U.S. Highway Deaths

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Highway & Vehicle Safety Report has been published continuously for more than 35 years. It was during the final stages of planning the free online daily Traffic Safety Newswire that preliminary reports of the January - March 2012 traffic fatality increases were released.

The editorial staff at trafficsafetynews.com thought long and hard about providing daily updates to the Highway & Vehicle Safety Report before finally deciding to launch the newswire. Since its inception, Highway & Vehicle Safety Report has been the nation’s only independent source of traffic safety news.

Associate editor Barbara Whiton explains: "Not only do our publications offer an array of news covering driver, vehicle, highway, and traffic safety, but this information is also presented to the reader 100 percent free of advertising content. Moreover, we are not funded by any special interest group or industry sector. Because our subscribers are our only source of revenue, they are assured that the information they get is honest, independent, and objective.”

“We realized that the daily news update would result in a greater work load and pressure on our editorial team, but we were determined to offer this enhanced service to our subscribers and prospective subscribers,” added editor Paul Stamler.

It was during the final stages of planning the daily news update that preliminary data of the increase in traffic fatalities was issued: an increase of 12 percent in the number of highway fatalities for the first quarter of 2012. Based on reports from the individual states, the National Safety Council (http://www.nsc.org) determined that an estimated 8,170 traffic deaths were recorded, compared to 7,270 in the corresponding period of 2011. Following reductions in the number of fatalities for the past several years, news of this sudden, disturbing turnaround in traffic deaths so far this year is just beginning to emerge.

“This coincidence is a startling confirmation of the need for our new service,” Stamler observed.

Although it is too early to identify the definitive reasons for the sudden increase, total miles driven nationally have been increasing. The Council cites the improving economy, combined with the mild winter in most parts of the country, as potential contributing factors.

“Often there are increases or decreases as preliminary data, such as highway deaths, become finalized,” Stamler continued. “However, these initial numbers usually are roughly accurate indications of more precise statistics to follow.”

In addition to the human loss, motor vehicle crashes represent a significant national cost in lost wages and productivity, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs, and property damage. The preliminary cost of traffic deaths, injuries and property damage in 2011 was estimated at $255 billion. trafficsafetynews.com will be keeping a vigilant eye on this up tick in highway fatalities, as well as all other developing stories in the traffic safety field.

Daily briefings are available on the Daily Traffic Safety Newswire at trafficsafetynews.com. For more detailed stories, subscribers can receive a printed copy of Highway & Vehicle Safety Report by mail or electronically by PDF. A few of the organizations that count on us for information include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California Office of Traffic Safety, General Motors Corp., and BMW of North America.

The Traffic Safety News Group produces traffic safety publications for professionals. They provide complete reporting on major agencies, organizations and corporations that deal with driver, vehicle, highway, and traffic safety. Daily newswire summaries are updated continuously and two twice monthly newsletters that contain complete stories are available. They closely watch federal agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as well as state transportation agencies and national organizations. Our news services are 100 percent funded by subscriptions. No advertising or special interest support is accepted.

For further information, contact:
Paul Stamler, Editor
Traffic Safety News Group
203-488-9808, 800-422-4121
Fax: 203-488-3129
trafficsafetynews.com
pstamler@trafficsafetynews.com

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