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US road traffic deaths rise 18%

More Americans died in road accidents in the first six months of 2021 than in any other period in the first half since 2006, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation released Thursday. The report also says that more people are driving more miles and driving risks.

Deaths from January to June this year jumped 18.4% over the first six months of 2020, the largest increase in six months since the department began tracking road accidents in 1975. US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in a statement released with the report, called for a “crisis” situation.

“More than 20,000 people have died on US roads in the first six months of 2021, leaving countless loved ones,” Buttigieg said. “We cannot and should not accept these deaths as simply part of everyday life in America.”

The Mortality Analysis Reporting System, which tracks road traffic fatalities in the United States, found that the percentage increase in the second quarter of this year was the highest in the system’s history, with more than 11,000 deaths, according to the report, an increase of 23%. than during the same period. In the past year.

Certain risky behavior may have contributed to horse racing, according to a separate report released by the ministry’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Emission figures, which are useful for measuring seat-belt use, have generally remained higher this year than pre-pandemic levels, but have remained below 2020 levels since March. The report says people are driving a little faster this year and alcohol and drug consumption in 2021 will be higher than in 2019 and 2020.

It can also be a matter of time spent on the road. The Federal Highway Administration said cars traveled 173.1 billion more miles in the first half of 2021 than in the same period last year.

NHTSA’s findings prompted the department to announce a first-of-its-kind initiative to reduce road traffic fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Strategy will use public-private partnerships to “reverse the current trend” of road fatalities. According to a press release, the strategy will be unveiled in January.

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