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Traffic deaths in Q1 2022 hit 20-year high, according to NHTSA

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We estimate that 9,560 people died.

PHOTO: An empty street is seen in New York City, on April 24, 2020.

Empty The street is seen in New York City on April 24, 2020.

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Highway Traffic fatalities in the first quarter of this year were the highest since 2002, according to early estimates from the Department of Transportation Safety.

Authorities estimate that he killed 9,560 people in car crashes in the first quarter of this year. This is a 7% increase from the same period in 2021.

PHOTO: A warning sign advises drives to slow down on a winding rural road in a stock photo.

Warning signs slow down on winding country road in stock his photo I recommend drivers to do so.

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Traffic death pandemic has been on the rise since its emergence. NHTSA reported that 36,355 people died on US roads in 2019. This number will increase to 38,824 in 2020 and 42,915 in 2021.

"The overall numbers are still headed in the wrong direction," he said, NHTSA administrator Steve Cliff.

PHOTO: A message on billboard advises drivers to slow down, buckle up, drive sober and pay attention, as a solution to traffic deaths in Fridley, Minn., Mrach 29, 2017.

The message on the sign tells drivers to slow down, fasten their seatbelts, and sober up. Advising to Drive in and Pay the Toll Caution as a Solution to Road Accident Deaths in Fridley, MN, Mrach 29, 2017.

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“For the third year in a row, we are talking about road deaths.

PHOTO: A car drives down an empty road in Lake Charles, La., Aug. 26, 2020.

August 26, Lake Charles, Louisiana. A car running on an empty road in 2020.

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Adkins said the surge was due to multiple factors. These include the easing of traffic restrictions on roads and the prevalence of risky behavior among drivers.

PHOTO: An empty street is seen in New York City, on April 24, 2020.

An empty street is seen in New York City on April 24, 2020.

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" Speeds are said to be increasing across the country, and drivers continue to speed up,” Adkins said. Violations also need attention, and if you can get drivers to slow down a little bit, it makes a big difference.”

Cliff said the state should "double down" on road safety. “Through bipartisan infrastructure legislation, we have more resources than ever for research, interventions, and effective messages and programs that can reverse deadly trends and save lives.”

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