There's been a slight decline in traffic deaths so far this year.

FOX's Dave Anthony reports:

In the first six months of this year, 18, 689 people died in car crashes in the U.S., one percent fewer than a year ago, but still eight percent more than in 2015, according to the National Safety Council, which has reported a spike in motor vehicle deaths since late 2014. People being distracted behind the wheel could be a factor.

Nearly half of drivers surveyed by the council earlier this year said they're comfortable with texting while driving.

The council's data is more comprehensive than the federal government's count, including deaths on private roads and in driveways and parking lots.

Dave Anthony, FOX News.