Traffic-related deaths dramatically rose in Connecticut in the first six months of the year when compared to the same time last year.
The National Safety Council said on Friday that motor vehicle deaths from January through June of 2016 totaled 138, which is up 45 percent from the 95 deaths in 2015.
The entire country saw 19,100 deaths during the same time period this year, a 9 percent increase.
The council's estimated annual death rate is 12.9 deaths per 100,000 people.
Its estimated annual mileage death rate is 1.3 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
If the trend continues, the council said national deaths could exceed 40,000 for the first time in nine years.
It attributed the increase in deaths as a reflection of the effects of the low gas prices. The prices have been on average 16 percent lower than 2015 levels. That's led to a 3.3 percent increase in vehicular mileage through May.
To read the complete results of the NSC's survey, click here.
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