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Thursday, 21 May 2020 17:05

Motor Vehicle Fatality Rates Jump 14% in March Despite Quarantines, Says National Safety Council


To help ensure safer roads, particularly during the pandemic, NSC urges motorists to:


  • Follow state and local directives and stay off the roads if officials have directed you do to so. Many states are asking drivers to stay home except in emergency situations or for essential errands.
  • Obey speed limits, even if roads are clear and traffic is light.
  • Be aware of increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic as people turn to walking and biking to get out of the house safely during quarantine. Conversely, pedestrians and bicyclists should remember that reduced traffic does not mean no traffic, and be careful when crossing or walking in streets.
  • Practice defensive driving. Buckle up, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation, get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue and drive attentively, avoiding distractions.
  • Stay engaged with teen drivers' habits and practice with them frequently---tips are available at DriveitHOME.org.
  • Organizations and employers are encouraged to join the Road to Zero Coalition, a 1,500-member group committed to eliminating roadway deaths by 2050.


The National Safety Council has tracked fatality trends and issued estimates for nearly 100 years. All estimates are subject to slight increases and decreases as the data mature. NSC collects fatality data every month from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and uses data from the National Center for Health Statistics, so that deaths occurring within one year of the crash and on both public and private roadways---such as parking lots and driveways---are included in the estimates. 


NSC motor vehicle fatality estimates and supplemental estimate information, including estimates for each state, can be found here.


Source: National Safety Council

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