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Motor Vehicle Fatalities Spike in New York State

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Motor vehicle fatalities are on the rise in New York.

According to a report by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, traffic fatalities rose 25.8% from 2019-2022 with 2022 seeing 1,175 fatalities, the highest number since 2013.

These statistics come as the number of traffic accidents in the state has declined by 12.5% and there’s been a 7% decrease in vehicle miles travelled.

“Traffic fatalities in New York have grown at an alarming rate since the pandemic,” DiNapoli said. “While there are fewer drivers on the road and vehicle safety features have greatly improved, more fatal crashes are occurring. As New Yorkers hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday and summer vacations, let’s drive cautiously and arrive safely.”

Broken down by region, the North Country leads the state in per capita fatalities while New York City saw the fewest. The Finger Lakes region saw a fatality rate of 7.5 fatalities per 100,000 people in 2022.

Further breaking down statistics, three out of four vehicles involved in fatal crashes were passenger vehicles and light trucks. One in three deaths involved speeding while another one in three involved drunk driving.

Nationwide traffic-related deaths increased by nearly 17%.

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