The Exceptionally American Problem of Rising Roadway Deaths

By Emily Badger and Alicia Parlapiano | November 27, 2022 | The New York Times

The U.S. has diverged over the past decade from other comparably developed countries, where traffic fatalities have been falling. This American exception became even starker during the pandemic. In 2020, as car travel plummeted around the world, traffic fatalities broadly fell as well. But in the U.S., the opposite happened. Travel declined, and deaths still went up. Preliminary federal data suggests road fatalities rose again in 2021.

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