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National Transportation Safety Board
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Hersman Announces Slight Rise in 2012 Transportation Fatalities; Aviation, Pipeline and Marine Deaths Drop

February 14

Washington, DC - Transportation fatalities in the United States increased by three percent in 2012 from 2011, according to preliminary figures released today by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The data indicate that transportation fatalities in all modes totaled 35,531 in 2012, compared to 34,551 in 2011. Although marine, aviation and pipeline, deaths declined, highway and rail fatalities showed an increase.

"We have a serious public health and safety epidemic on our highways," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman. "With our Most Wanted List, the NTSB highlights common-sense solutions to these safety issues that can improve safety and reduce the loss of life on our roads, rails, and waterways and in our skies."

The 2012 statistics show:

Aviation statistics are tracked and compiled by the NTSB. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides marine statistics, and the U.S. Department of Transportation provides statistics for all other modes.

Links to the statistical tables for all modes, including rail and pipeline, may be found here:

 2011-2012 Stat Chart
http://www.ntsb.gov/data/datafiles/2011_2012_stats_chart.doc


http://www.ntsb.gov/data/img/pie_chart_2012.jpg

 

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