During Jan.–Sept. 2020
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- Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) decreased 14.5%
- Fatality rate per 100 million VMT increased to 1.35 From 1.10
- Estimated traffic fatalities 28,190 increased 4.6% from 2019
During April–May 2020 (maximal stay-at-home period) vs. June–July 2020 (re-opening period).
- Estimated traffic fatalities during April–May 4,845 decreased 10.2% from 2019
- Estimated traffic fatalities during June–July 7,405 increased 14.2% from 2019
Driver seatbelt use decreased from 78.1% prior to the pandemic period (before March 17, 2020) to 71.6% during the pandemic (March 17–July 18, 2020).
- National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Early estimate of motor vehicle traffic fatalities for the first 9 months (Jan–Sep) of 2020. In: Traffic Safety Facts Crash Stats. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2020. Report No. DOT HS 813 053.
- Office of Behavioral Safety Research. Update to special reports on traffic safety during the COVID-19 public health emergency: third quarter data. In: Traffic Safety Facts Research Note. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2021. Report No. DOT HS 813 069.
Compiled by Michael J. Mello, MD, professor of emergency medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.