The Exceptionally American Problem of Rising Roadway Deaths

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The Exceptionally American Problem of Rising Roadway Deaths

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Nov 27, 2022: NYtimes: The Exceptionally American Problem of Rising Roadway Deaths
  • Why other rich nations have surpassed the U.S. in protecting pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
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  • “Motor vehicles are first, highways are first, and everything else is an afterthought,” said Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.
    That culture is baked into state transportation departments that have their roots in the era of Interstate highway construction (and through which most federal transportation dollars flow). And it’s especially apparent in Sun Belt metros like Tampa and Orlando that boomed after widespread adoption of the car — the roads there are among the most dangerous in the country for cyclists and pedestrians.
    “Other countries started to take seriously pedestrian and cyclist injuries in the 2000s — and started making that a priority in both vehicle design and street design — in a way that has never been committed to in the United States,” Mr. Freemark said.
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another link in the article explains a major component of things:
no speed enforcement (police worried about covid) and no speed cameras and reduced red light cameras...so see the full article for more information
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