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US traffic fatalities up slightly in 2012

According to data released in November by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 3% increase in fatalities on US highways in 2012 (33,561). Despite this, deaths remain at historic lows.

Among the other findings: Deaths related to driving under the influence of alcohol jumped 5%, to 10,322, with most incidents involving drivers with blood alcohol

levels over twice the legal limit of 0.08. Mississippi topped the list of states that saw the

biggest reduction in auto-related fatalities, while New Jersey saw the biggest decline in alcohol-related fatal accidents.

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