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Posted on: May 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] In the News: US Roadway Deaths Rose 14% in March

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The rate of fatal automobile crashes in the U.S. jumped dramatically in March, even though the number of miles driven plummeted due to coronavirus stay-home orders.

The National Safety Council said Wednesday that based on preliminary figures from states, the number of fatal crashes per 100 million miles drive rose an "alarming" 14% compared with March 2019.

The group pointed to anecdotal reports from states of an increase in reckless driving and speeding due to nearly traffic-free highways during shutdowns that were in effect in March, the latest month for which statistics are available.

Source:  The Eagle, 5/21/2020

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