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L.A.'s Death Toll Rises as Traffic Volume Fell to Historically Low Levels in 2020

September 10, 2021

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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Category: Auto Accidents

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