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Updated Infrastructure Will Lead to Less Traffic Fatalities

Updated Infrastructure Will Lead to Less Traffic Fatalities

According to NHTSA, 2018 was third-deadliest of the decade on American roads. Experts say updated infrastructure can help.

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JESSICA LOMBARDO  
JUNE 20, 2019

This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated 36,750 people were killed in traffic crashes last year in the United States which is 12.2% above the all-time low of 32,744 traffic-related deaths in 2014. Total crash deaths never topped 34,000 from 2009 through 2014. So what could be to blame for the increase? Cellphone usage and distracted driving are part of the equation, but experts believe our crumbling infrastructure is partially to blame as well.

“Nearly 37,000 deaths a year on our roadways is a global embarrassment,”  Andrew Wishnia, senior policy adviser with the Environment and Public Works Committee says. “We need to better leverage technology and innovation to improve road safety. That requires a new mindset.”

And since road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death by injury and the tenth-leading cause of all deaths globally, we need to shift our mindset to upgrading our infrastructure quickly... FULL ARTICLE

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