JACKSON, Miss. -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting a 9 percent increase in traffic deaths across the country for the first half of 2012. But Mississippi does not appear to be following the national trend.
“Our preliminary numbers have shown a decrease so far in 2012,” said Mississippi Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Warren Strain. “If that trend continues, this will be the seventh consecutive year that we have had a downward trend in the number of fatalities in the state of Mississippi.”
Strain says there are a number of factors that determine if traffic fatalities go up or down. You can help protect yourself and others on the roadway by wearing your seatbelt and not drinking and driving.