Why US States and Cities are Failing to Reduce Road Traffic Deaths

Road traffic fatalities in the United States increased at the rate of 3 percent annually between 2011 and 2021. The largest increases (nearly 20 percent) happened during the pandemic years, largely driven by traffic conditions that promoted high vehicle speeds with poor enforcement.

In a previous article , we discussed some broad trends in road traffic fatalities and highlighted policy gaps at the federal level. We also emphasized that the state and local governments have an outsized role when it comes to ensuring road traffic safety. About three quarters of the road funding comes from states and local governments. States […]

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