With 100 People Per Day Dying in Crashes, Lawmakers Weigh Road Safety Options

Route Fifty: Safety advocates and others are urging Congress to take steps to curb motor vehicle crashes, which kill thousands of Americans each year, as discussions get underway about reauthorizing a major piece of federal highway legislation.

Federal figures show that 37,133 people—pedestrians and cyclists among them—lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2017. While that figure is down nearly 2 percent from the prior year, it’s still equivalent to about 100 people dying each day in traffic incidents.

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