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As climate change conference opens, one CA city takes action; Israel and Hamas extend Gaza truce by one day in a last-minute deal; WV could lose hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding.

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An expulsion vote looms for Rep. George Santos, the Ohio Supreme Court dismisses lawsuits against district maps and the Supreme Court hears a case which could cut the power of federal agencies.

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Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

Report: U.S. Drivers Exhibited Riskier Behaviors During COVID

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Friday, June 23, 2023   

Texans have returned to driving their cars and trucks at near pre-pandemic levels, resulting in more deadly accidents. A national transportation research group is out with a new report, calling for a more comprehensive approach to transportation safety.

When the pandemic hit in April 2020, nationwide vehicle miles traveled plummeted by 40% from the year before. But two years later, they'd mostly climbed back up. U.S. traffic deaths also surged from 2020 to 2021, according to TRIP, the nonprofit Road Information Project.

In Texas, said Rocky Moretti, TRIP's director of policy and research, fatalities climbed 24% over the past four years.

"Vehicle travel is up 3% in Texas. Nationally, since pre-COVID, it was down 1%," he said. "So, when you see those types of fatality increases, it is a reflection, largely, of the behavior of drivers."

Moretti said the economic and quality-of-life impact to Texas because of fatal traffic accidents was estimated at $168 billion last year. In general, large Western states reported more traffic deaths during the study period, but Connecticut and Vermont showed the highest percentage increases.

Moretti painted a grim picture of what kinds of fatal accidents increased, noting the share of motorcyclists not wearing helmets from 2019 to 2021 almost doubled, from 17% to 29%.

"Alcohol-involved crashes up 22%; the number of people unrestrained up 20%; speeding crashes up 23% and 'distracted by' 13%," he said, "and motorcycle deaths are up 20%."

It wasn't just vehicle accidents that increased. Moretti said significantly higher bicycle and pedestrian fatalities also contributed to the 42,000 traffic deaths last year.

"Clearly, what we saw was riskier behavior by motorists," he said. "And moving forward, I think a really thought-out comprehensive approach to work together - but these numbers are beyond unacceptable."

Beyond vehicle damage, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said other economic costs of crashes include medical care, lost productivity, legal and court costs, insurance administrative costs and workplace costs.


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