Nearly 43K people died on US roads last year

A national study found more Americans died on U.S. roads last year than in the previous 16 years. Americans were also driving 11.2% more miles than in 2020.

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May 17, 2022 - 4:06 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home.

The 10.5% jump over 2020 numbers was the largest percentage increase since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its fatality data collection system in 1975.

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.

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