Preliminary data unveiled by the National Safety Council indicates a slight reduction in traffic fatalities in the United States during the first half of 2023, in comparison to the corresponding period in 2022.
From January 2023 to June 2023, approximately 21,150 individuals lost their lives in preventable car accidents in the United States, reflecting a 3% decrease from the initial six months of the previous year.
Mark Chung, the executive vice president of Roadway Practice at the National Safety Council, remarked that these estimates further emphasize the urgent necessity for persistent endeavors to enhance road safety nationwide, particularly through the adoption of the Safe System approach.
U.S. Records Fewer Traffic Deaths Despite Mileage Rise
The NSC's analysis also reveals that the reduction in fatalities has taken place despite a 2.3% increase in mileage during the initial half of 2023 compared to 2022.
Corresponding to the decline in fatalities and the rise in mileage, the death rate per mileage dropped by 5.6% to 1.34 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, down from 1.42 in the previous year.
Historically, the latter part of the year has been marked by higher fatality rates.
The National Safety Council urgently calls upon employers, policymakers, community leaders, and individuals from both public and private sectors to unite in placing emphasis on safer roads, reduced speeds, enhanced vehicle safety, responsible road behavior, and improved post-crash care.
This collective effort is aimed at achieving the ambitious goal of zero traffic fatalities in the United States.
The NSC also commends the recent proposals put forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation to equip all vehicles with life-preserving automatic emergency braking and seat belt use notification technology. Immediate implementation of both these technologies is imperative to save lives.