Road fatalities rising for the first time since LBJ was president

Road fatalities are generally on the rise for the first since former President Lyndon Johnson's administration, according to safety advocate Tony Green. 
 
"Road fatalities generally are rising for the first time since Lyndon Johnson was president. That's something we have to pay attention to," Green, who is public policy director at Safe Kids Worldwide, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton on "Rising."
 
The increase in road fatalities began in 2015, when 35,092 people were killed on U.S. roads, marking the first time there was such a significant single-year rise in road deaths since the Johnson administration. 
 
The National Safety Council estimated in February that 40,100 died in motor vehicle-related incidents in 2017, however that number was down one percent from 2016. 
 
Green also said that pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in the U.S., and warned about the dangers of speeding. 
 
"Speeding is a major cause of crashes and pedestrian fatalities, which are rising in the United States," he said.
 
Green's warning comes as numerous Americans hit the road ahead of the Fourth of July holiday on Wednesday. 
 
"Everybody should buckle up themselves, buckle up their kids, put their kids in car seats the right way. Doesn't matter how long the drive is," Green said.
 
— Julia Manchester