No, it’s not your imagination.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported yesterday that more people have died on American streets in the first quarter of this year than any year in the past two decades.
Early NHTSA estimates show 9,560 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes through the end of March, a seven percent increase over last year, which saw the highest number of traffic deaths in 16 years .
In other words, we are going the wrong way, at an ever-increasing pace.
There’s a wide range of likely reasons, ranging from speeding and distracted drivers to trucks and SUVs with high, flat grills designed to kill.
None of which are beyond our ability to solve today.
We only need to get enough people to care enough about the lives of innocent victims to demand change.But so far, that, too, has been beyond our reach.………On a related note, Ontario, Canada safety advocates say they have the numbers to prove pickups and SUVs cause more deaths , and have written the province’s chief coroner to request an investigation. One of the studies, from 2021, estimates 8,131 pedestrians between 2000 and 2019 could have survived if they were struck by sedans instead of SUVs or trucks. Another study, published in the Journal of Safety Research in June, found that while SUVs and trucks made up just 26.1 per cent of pedestrian and cyclist collisions, they accounted for 44.1 per cent of fatalities. That study also suggested that because of their larger size, SUVs and trucks […]