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Despite Drop In Highway Traffic In 2020, Pa. Fatalities Increased


April 29, 2021

Far fewer Pennsylvanians took to the state’s highways during the pandemic in 2020 than the prior year – but fatal accidents increased from 2019, puzzling highway officials.

In 2020, statewide traffic deaths increased to 1,129 from the record low of 1,059 in 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced this week. Despite a 20 percent reduction in traffic counts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fatalities were up 6 percent in 2020.

“We cannot definitively say why fatalities increased during the COVID-19 pandemic even though it certainly had an impact on traffic volumes sta...

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