• In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, traffic is backed up on the New York State Thruway in Harriman, N.Y., due to a fatal crash on the northbound side of Interstate 87 in Woodbury. Government estimates show U.S. traffic deaths rose 8 percent for the first six months of 2015, following a slight decrease in 2014, according to a report released Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

    US traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from the nation’s highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.