Over 380 people died on Connecticut roads in 2022 – the highest number in 30 years.
That number includes 73 pedestrians. Another 228 pedestrians suffered severe injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 42,795 people died on U.S. roads in 2022. That figure represents a 30% increase over 2011.
These disturbing numbers recently prompted U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Connecticut Department of Transportation officials to announce the “Road to Zero Resolution.” That resolution focuses on ending all highway fatalities by 2050.
Specifically, the resolution “calls on the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve data gathering and tracking of traffic crashes and use a safe systems approach to prioritize transportation safety.”
What’s behind the increase in traffic deaths in Connecticut?
Safety experts believe that distracted driving, intoxicated drivers, larger SUVs, speeding (and the increase in speed limits in recent decades), and the failure to wear seatbelts are leading causes.
How can any state or federal government eliminate those causes?
That’s a question without easy answers at the moment.
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