National Traffic Deaths Surge During Pandemic, Despite Fewer Drivers
Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 11,260 people were killed on U.S. roadways in the third quarter of 2020, a 13.1% increase compared to the same period in 2019. Looking at the first nine months of 2020, the data show that 28,190 people died in crashes, a 4.6% increase from the year before. Traffic deaths rose even though there were fewer drivers on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic – a troubling trend as traffic volume returns to normal.
Read the full news release here.
Read the CAPS study series on the connection between COVID-19 and Alabama traffic data here.