L.A.'s Death Toll Rises as Traffic Volume Fell to Historically Low Levels in 2020
LOS ANGLES, CALIFORNIA - A news report published on LAIST.COM states the COVID-19 pandemic caused traffic volumes to drop in Los Angeles, but the number of people injured and killed in accidents in L.A. has reached all-time highs.
Based on preliminary crash data provided by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, 238 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2020. This was a decrease of approximately 3%. However, the number of vehicles and the number of miles driven in 2020 fell by as much as 70% due to school closures and stay-at-home orders.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation spokesperson Colin Sweeney, the department had witnessed a "disturbing trend" of speeding, which has led to many people being seriously injured or killed - despite historically low traffic volumes. Sweeney also stated that other cities in the United States have also witnessed a pandemic of speeding.
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