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ほぼ 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says

ほぼ 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says
ほぼ 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home

ほぼ 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as アメリカ人 returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home.

ザ・ 10.5% jump over 2020 numbers was the largest percentage increase since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its fatality data collection system in 1975.

Transportation Secretary ピート・ブティジェグ said America faces a crisis on its roads. The safety administration urged state and local governments, drivers and safety advocates to join in an effort to reverse the rising death trend.

Preliminary figures released Tuesday by the agency show that 42,915 people died in traffic crashes last year, から 38,824 に 2020. Final figures will be released in the fall.

Americans drove about 325 billion miles last year, 11.2% より高い 2020, which contributed to the increase.

Traffic deaths began to spike in 2019. NHTSA has blamed reckless driving behavior for increases during the pandemic, citing behavioral research showing that speeding and traveling without a seat belt have been higher. 前 2019, the number of fatalities had fallen for three straight years.