US Media reporting on the rise:
A few examples of the rise in road fatalities as reported by US media.
Fatal Car Accidents On the Rise in New Jersey
Like most of the country, car accident fatalities are increasing in New Jersey in 2021 due to several factors.
The highways and byways of New Jersey are becoming more dangerous places to drive.
Statistics show that the number of fatal car accidents in New Jersey is rising. According to the New Jersey State Police, at this point in the year, there were 335 fatalities in auto crashes in 2019. A year later, as of this date in August 2020, the number of accident fatalities had increased to 335, a 2% increase. Now, in August 2021, the recorded number of deaths so far in 2021 through car accidents is 367, an almost 10% increase from last year.
Even with fewer cars on the road with less people commuting, New Jersey roads are only becoming more hazardous to drivers.
Accidents on the Rise
The rate of fatalities in New Jersey due to car accidents is not the only number on the rise. The number of auto crashes in New Jersey is also steadily increasing. While the New Jersey State Police recorded 524 accidents in 2019, by 2020, that number had jumped to 549. Despite only being eight months into 2021, the number of New Jersey accidents has already topped 350.
Read More: https://www.brandonjbroderick.com/Our-Blog/2021/August/2021-Fatal-Car-Accidents-On-Rise-New-Jersey
Police stepping up enforcement amid rise in fatal crashes in Jacksonville
JSO says Jacksonville on pace to reach 225-230 traffic deaths by year’s end
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is stepping up enforcement of basic traffic laws due to a rise in deadly crashes in 2021. One of the most recent deaths occurred as a result of a crash with a school bus on Thursday, August, 19.
This year, there have already been 733 fatal crashes. Compared to June of last year, there had been 600, which means at this rate we could surpass last year’s numbers.
Wrong Way Driving
A note on wrong way driving, of which there is one report IIRC in this topic:
…The data also shows that drivers over age 70 are more at risk of wrong-way driving than their younger counterparts, despite the fact that older drivers ages 75-79 spent less time on the road and drove fewer miles per trip than younger age groups.
Full text: https://fordauthority.com/2021/03/fatal-wrong-way-driving-crashes-are-on-the-rise-in-the-u-s/