For five fiscal quarters in a row, traffic-related fatalities have dropped in the United States. That information comes after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released figures on the number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes. From January to July, 19,515 people lost their lives in traffic fatalities, which is a 3.3% drop. Those figures match the data given by the National Safety Council in August of this year. While fatalities continue to decline, NHTSA has noted that vehicle miles traveled has actually increased during that same period. Traffic fatalities rose to staggering new heights during the pandemic, so the new trend is encouraging, but NHTSA promises more improvements that include new rulemaking for vehicle technologies and infrastructure law funding for state safety offices. These proposed improvements come on the tail of several new safety initiatives aimed at lowering traffic deaths across multiple areas.

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