Highway deaths up particularly among motorcyclists, pedestrians

More people died on the nation's roads in 2012 than 2011, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to data in the 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System, highway deaths increased to 33,561 in 2012, an increase of 1,082 from 2011. More than 70 percent of the fatalities occurred in the first quarter of the year, the report found. Most of the people who died were motorcyclists and pedestrians, marking three years of increases, it continued.

The pedestrian deaths occurred at night, mid-block and involved alcohol, according to the report. The vast majority of motorcycle deaths occurred mostly in states without universal helmet laws, it said.

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