A person holds a drink out of their car window as they drive. There were 11,654 fatalities in vehicle accidents where at least one driver was impaired by alcohol in 2020, according to the NHTSA. (Credit: christinarosepix/Shutterstock.com)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its projections for traffic fatalities in the first nine months of 2022, which show an estimated 31,784 people died in crashes during that time – a 0.2% decrease from  that same period in 2021. However, while fatalities dropped overall, there was an increase in pedestrian and cyclist deaths.

“Fatalities have not increased for two quarters now, but we have far more work to do to save lives and address the crisis on our nation’s roadways. That means investing in safety, implementing strategies that work, and embracing the safe system approach outlined in the Department’s National Roadway Safety Strategy,” NHTSA acting administrator Ann Carlson said in a release. “We urge everyone to do their part by driving safely and watching out for others on the road, especially vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.”

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Brittney Meredith-Miller is assistant editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. She can be reached at [email protected]

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