NHTSA: Traffic Deaths Rise Again As Drivers Take Risks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 8,730 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes from January through March, compared with the 7,900 fatalities from the same period in 2020.

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FILE - In this March 31, 2021 file photo, traffic flows along Interstate 90 highway as a Metra suburban commuter train moves along an elevated track in Chicago. The government’s road safety agency reported Thursday, Sept. 2, that U.S. traffic deaths in the first quarter of 2021 rose by 10.5% over last year, even as driving has declined. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar, File)
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U.S. traffic deaths in the first quarter of 2021 rose by 10.5% over last year, even as driving has declined, the government’s road safety agency reported Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 8,730 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes from January through March, compared with the 7,900 fatalities from the same period in 2020. The increase in traffic fatalities is a continuation of a trend that started in 2020. In June,…

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