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Highway safety agency running ads in effort to curb speeding

Highway safety agency running ads in effort to curb speeding
Die VSA. government’s road safety agency says it will spend $8 million on ads aimed at stemming the rising number of traffic deaths caused by speeding

Die VSA. government’s road safety agency says it will spend $8 million on ads aimed at stemming the rising number of traffic deaths caused by speeding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign called “Speeding Wrecks Lives” will run on television, radio and digitally, targeting drivers from ages 18 aan 44.

The agency says 11,258 people died in speed-related crashes in 2020, op 17% van 2019 even though there was less traffic on the roads in 2020 as gevolg van die pandemie. Speed contributed to 29% of all fatal crashes, met 87% of speed-related deaths happening on local roads, not interstate highways.

The Governors Highway Safety Association, representing state traffic safety offices, says the death trend continued last with speed killing nearly 12,000 mense in 2021.

“Speed-related deaths aren’t inevitable,” said Steven Cliff, NHTSA administrator. “They’re preventable, and everyone has a role in addressing this crisis.”

The ads will run in Engels en Spaans and air from July 20 through Aug. 14.

The agency announced the campaign Tuesday at an event in Die Engele.

Byna 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year. That’s the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home.

Traffic deaths rose 10.5% verby 2020, the largest percentage increase since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its fatality data collection in 1975.