US traffic deaths highest in 16 years as nearly 43,000 people died on roads in 2021

US traffic deaths highest in 16 years as nearly 43,000 people died on roads in 2021

Posted by Tom Krishner and Hope Yen on 18th May 2022

I got this article from the Associate Press about the rise in traffic accidents.

Tom Krisher and Hope Yen Associated Press

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its fatality data collection system in 1975. Exacerbating the problem was a persistence of risky driving behaviors during the pandemic, such as speeding and less frequent use of seat belts, as people began to venture out more in 2021 for out-of-state and other road trips, analysts said.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said America faces a crisis on its roads. The safety administration urged state and local governments, drivers and safety advocates to join in an effort to reverse the rising death trend.