Site visitors fatalities drop for third consecutive 12 months, regardless of enhance in miles pushed
Site visitors fatalities dropped 2% in 2019 regardless of a 1% enhance in miles pushed, the NHTSA confirmed on Thursday.
The 36,096 visitors fatalities in 2019 have been fewer than projected, marking a 2.8% lower from 2018 in passenger automotive fatalities. It marks the third consecutive 12 months of declines from a post-recession excessive level of 37,806 visitors fatalities in 2016.
“Security is our prime precedence so this report that visitors fatalities seem to have decreased once more for the third 12 months is nice information,” mentioned U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
On the similar time, the full variety of automobile miles traveled elevated 0.9% in 2019.
Of the ten NHTSA areas throughout the nation, solely the southeastern a part of the US skilled a rise in visitors fatalities. Whereas organizations such because the IIHS are touting the proliferation of driver help methods and customary security expertise for the decline in visitors fatalities, the NHTSA isn’t able to cite a trigger.
“It’s too quickly to take a position on the contributing components or potential implications of any adjustments in deaths on our roadways,” the report mentioned.
The info factors to a promising development, nevertheless. Pedestrians deaths decreased 2.7% in 2019, after hitting a 28-year excessive in 2018, when 6,227 pedestrians have been killed, in line with the Governors Freeway Security Affiliation. The variety of bicycle owner deaths additionally dropped 3% in 2019.
The estimates are based mostly on information from the Fatality Evaluation Reporting System, in addition to different sources, which is why it takes some time to compile annual information.
Preliminary estimates for the primary half of 2020 point out an additional decline in visitors fatalities due partly to the decreased visitors quantity from shelter-in-place restrictions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. However that may very well be deceptive. The quantity of miles pushed dropped extra considerably than the drop in visitors fatalities, so the fatality fee per 100 million automobile miles traveled has truly elevated within the first half of 2020 in comparison with the primary half of 2020.