13WHAM.com by The Associated Press Wednesday, May 20th 2020
DETROIT (AP) — The rate of fatal automobile crashes in the U.S. jumped dramatically in March, even though the number of miles driven plummeted due to coronavirus stay-home orders.
The National Safety Council said Wednesday that based on preliminary figures from states, the number of fatal crashes per 100 million miles driven rose an "alarming" 14% compared with March of 2019.
The group pointed to anecdotal reports from states of an increase in reckless driving and speeding due to nearly traffic-free highways during shutdowns that were in effect in March, the latest month for which statistics are available.
"Per mile traveled, our roads are less safe than they were prior to COVID-19," said Ken Kolosh, the safety council's manager of statistics.
The increase came even though stay-home orders didn't start in much of the nation until the middle of March, Kolosh said...
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