Crisis of road deaths in the United States alarms

The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the United States amounted to 20,161 during the first six months of 2021, the highest total in the first six months of a year since 2006, the government reported yesterday; an indication of the increase in reckless driving during the coronavirus pandemic.

The estimated figure is 18.4% higher than in the first half of last year, prompting Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to call the increase an unacceptable crisis. The percentage increase was the largest six-month increase since the department began recording fatal accident data in 1975.

In this regard, the department, which includes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced that develop a national strategy for life-saving measures on the roads.

“No one will accomplish this alone. It will take all levels of government, industries, activists, engineers, and communities across the country to work together for the day when family members no longer have to say goodbye to their loved ones because of a car accident. traffic.” Behavioral research conducted between March and June showed that speeding and traveling without a seatbelt remain higher than before the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.


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