Nearly 18,000 people died on U.S. roadways in the first six months of 2016, an increase of more than 10 percent from the same period in 2015, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In a response to rising fatalities over the past two years, NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Mark Rosekind, speaking at a summit in Arlington, VA, announced the creation of a safety coalition that will develop a 30-year plan to reduce roadway fatalities to zero. The vision is fashioned after an effort approved by the Swedish parliament in 1997 that reduced fatalities from seven per 100,000 to fewer than three in less than 15 years.

The summit and new fatality estimates generated a great deal of press coverage, including: