(undated) WNAV — Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety in the country are reporting rising numbers of highway fatalities due to crashes and
an increase in other related fatalities during 2020:
pedestrians, bikers, and motorcyclists, died in record numbers.
The number of roadway fatalities in 2020 was 38,824. The fatality rate in 2020 increased by 21% and is the highest rate since 2007.
Officials say in most (nearly half) of the fatalities, the involved drivers were impaired, speeding and were not restrained by a seatbelt.
National Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is testifying before a Senate committee today. Safety advocates say improving roadway statistics will only be accomplished with new prevention laws.