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Increase in U.S. Traffic Deaths Leads World

The United States leads the world in increased traffic deaths.
May 30, 2018

A new study of 29 nations finds that the United States leads the world in increased traffic deaths, and distracted driving is a primary cause.  Between 2010 and 2016, and the U.S. had the highest rate of increase at 13.5 percent, said a study by the International Transport Forum. In the same period, only 5 of 29 countries saw a jump in traffic deaths. Worldwide, traffic fatalities in 2016 were down 3.6 percent compared with 2010.

The United States also saw the highest jump in pedestrian deaths during the time period, at 39.2 percent, and a 34.8 percent increase in cyclist deaths. In contrast, Norway saw a 37.5 percent drop in pedestrian deaths during this same period, while Israel saw cyclist deaths cut in half.

Derek Kan, the U.S. undersecretary of transportation for policy, noted that fatalities in the U.S. differ widely by region — while only 19 percent of Americans live in rural regions, those areas see 50 percent of traffic deaths.

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