Crash Deaths Drop Nationally but Maine Sees Massive Spike in Fatal Collisions
USA - Crash fatalities are dropping nationally, according to Wgme.com.*
The early numbers indicate that a total of 38,800 people died in vehicle collisions in 2019, indicating a two percent decline as compared to 2018. The numbers from 2018 were a two percent drop as compared to 2017 indicating a steady decline in these preventable tragedies.
Sadly, in some states, the number of deaths has increased significantly. In Maine, crash fatalities rose by a shocking thirty-five percent. Maine was one of six states that saw an increase of more than five percent in tragic vehicle deaths in 2019. The other states on the list include Wyoming, Delaware, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Ohio.
Some of the factors that are helping reduce traffic deaths, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), are legislative efforts that are working to combat drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding.
According to officials in Maine, the numbers must be looked at over a five-year average. The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety stated that the 2019 numbers are typical for the state and that 2018 was an abnormally low year for traffic deaths. Still, officials say the goal is zero deaths, and clearly, there is more work to be done.
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