Traffic deaths decrease in North Carolina

Posted October 5, 2020 5:16 p.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2020 5:20 p.m. EDT

— Roadway deaths in North Carolina decreased at nearly twice the national rate in 2019.

Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed traffic deaths in the state dropped by 4.4%.

In 2019, 1,373 people were killed on North Carolina roads, which is 63 fewer deaths than in 2018.

Across the United States, traffic deaths have dropped 2% despite vehicle miles traveled increasing by almost 1%, according to NHTSA.

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette said it was encouraging to see fewer deaths in the state, but would not be satisfied until there are zero deaths.

"Everyone must do their part and commit to safe driving practices such as wearing seat belts, slowing down, avoiding distractions and not driving while impaired," he added.

In 2018, 36,855 people were killed in crashes across the country.

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