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 (Photo: Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock) Impaired driving surged in 2020. According to the NHTSA, in March 2020, 21.3% of vehicle fatalities involved alcohol, which increased to 26.9% by mid-July.  (Photo: Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock)

Traffic and auto accidents plummeted in 2020, but U.S. roads and highways didn’t become any safer. Despite the drop in driving, the number of vehicular deaths per miles traveled rose throughout the U.S. in 2020.

For example, New York City, the original epicenter of the coronavirus, is on course this year to record the highest number of deaths of drivers and passengers since 2014, according to city officials.

Danielle Ling

Danielle Ling is an experienced video journalist and business reporter. As associate editor, Danielle manages all multimedia and reports on industry news and risk-related coverage, managing all weather-related content. A University of Maryland and Philip Merrill College of Journalism alum, Danielle previously served as a video journalist for Verizon FiOS 1 News NJ, Push Pause. Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn or email her at [email protected].

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