ROSEKIND: That’s always the first question that everybody asks. And we first saw in 2015 the largest increase, 7.2 percent, the largest percent increase in 50 years. So what we do know so far is, at least in 2015, the increase we saw was partly due to some things like [the] high number of vehicle miles traveled. The economy was better. Gas prices are low. More people are working. That might account for about half of what we’ve seen.The other half is mostly us as humans, choices or errors we make. So it’s impairment, it’s speeding, it’s not wearing your seat belt, drunk driving, drowsy driving. Those things remain the same old problems we’ve been dealing with for a long time.NPR’s SCOTT SIMON: What about distracted driving? Aren’t there a lot more gizmos in the car?ROSEKIND: Absolutely, and we know distraction is very significant. The more and more technology that we get offers tremendous value to potentially help save these lives. But there’s also the potential to bring more things into the car that could distract us, as well.
October 24, 2016 at 4:15 PM EDT