Despite Work-From-Home 2020 Saw Increase In Traffic Crashes Over 2019

2020 saw millions of Americans begin to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, despite the attendant drop in automobile traffic, the first nine months of 2020 saw a significant increase in traffic accidents when compared to the same time period in 2019. reports that during the first nine months of 2020 over 28,000 people died in traffic accidents. This represents an increase of 4.6% over the same time period In 2019. The report quotes Governors Highway Safety Association member Pam Fischer as saying “The highways are wide open, uh, local roads are wide open, so I can go at higher rates of speed. You know, there’s something to be said for having traffic on the road it does slow people down.”

The report also says that as motorists increase their speed the results of a traffic crash can also increase dramatically. For example, the difference between a crash at 40 mph and 56 mph could mean the difference between “a likelihood of brain injury, facial fractures and even lower leg injury,” says David Harkey of the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). He recommends stricter enforcement of traffic laws, including increased use of the cameras, to combat speeding.

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