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Recreational Pot Laws May Boost Traffic Deaths, Studies Say

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, …

US Roadway Death Rate Up in March Despite Virus Restrictions

DETROIT — 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 …

Estimate Shows Number of US Traffic Deaths Fell as Miles Driven Rose

The U.S. government is estimating that traffic deaths fell 1.2% last year to 36,120, the third year in a row that fatalities dropped. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says pedestrian deaths fell 2% compared with 2018 figures, while motorcyclist …

Pedestrian Fatalities Rise to 16% of Traffic Deaths

A new report projects that 6,227 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2018, the highest number in nearly three decades. Pedestrians will account for 16 percent of all traffic deaths in 2018, compared to 12 percent in 2008. While advancements in motor …

Traffic Deaths Top 40,000 Again

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads reached an estimated 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row in which at least that many people died in vehicle crashes, according to new figures from the National Safety Council. The 2018 total …

Nevada Road Fatalities Hit 10-Year High in 2018

Fatalities on Nevada roads hit a 10-year high last year. Preliminary data from the Department of Public Safety show 331 people died in crashes in 2018, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. They died in 301 crashes and three-quarters of them …

Opinion: More People Means More Cars, and More Deaths

More than 1.3 million people died in road traffic accidents in 2016, an all-time high, according to the World Health Organization. A world with more people and more cars means more death on the world’s roads. Those deaths, though, are …

After 2-Year Spike, 2017 Traffic Deaths Fell Slightly

Traffic deaths on U.S. roads fell slightly in 2017 after two straight years of big increases, but a leading safety organization that compiled the numbers says it’s no cause for celebration. The National Safety Council on Thursday estimated that 40,100 …

Illinois Traffic Fatalities Expected to Top 1,000 in 2016

Safety and insurance industry experts say Illinois traffic fatalities are expected to pass 1,000 this year for the first time since 2008 because of higher speeds, more miles driven and an increase in the number of younger drivers on the …

Traffic Fatalities Surged in 2015 Record Driving Year

Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday. Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 …