DOT report to show increase in highway deaths for '96July 16, 1997
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to release new numbers that show an increase in highway deaths during 1996.
The DOT will report that fatalities increased to 41,907 in 1996 from 41,798 the previous year. It is the fourth year in a row that highway deaths have risen.
Highway deaths in the 1990s peaked in 1990 at 44,599. The lowest was in 1992 when they reached 39,250. In 1993, there were 40,150 deaths. In 1994, it rose to 40,716 and in 1995, there were 41,798 deaths.
In 1970, highway deaths reached 54,589 which equaled 4.3 fatalities per every 100 million miles traveled. Last year highway deaths numbers equaled 1.7 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled.
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