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Fatal Car Accidents Up Almost 26% Between 2019 and 2022

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Fatal vehicle crashes in the State of New York are up 25.8% from 2019 to 2022, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says. Fatalities from crashes in the state are now at the highest level they’ve been in a decade. DiNapoli says even with vehicle miles traveled, licensed drivers, and traffic accidents themselves have decreased, fatalities rose.


“Traffic fatalities in New York have grown at an alarming rate since the pandemic,” DiNapoli said. “While there are fewer drivers on the road and vehicle safety features have greatly improved, more fatal crashes are occurring. As New Yorkers hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday and summer vacations, let’s drive cautiously and arrive safely.”

In 2022 alone, there were 1,175 fatalities in the state, the highest since 2013. The deadliest region in the state was shown to be the North Country. Data shows per 100,000 people, 12.9 would die in a vehicle crash. The Central New York Region was considered one of the lowest at 7 per 100,000.

“Three out of four vehicles involved in fatal crashes were passenger vehicles and light trucks in 2022. Overwhelmingly in fatal accidents, occupants who were not wearing a seat belt or helmet were killed (64%). Approximately one-in-three deaths in New York involved speeding, and another one-in-three involved a driver with a blood alcohol content above the federal legal limit of 0.08. There was a 45% increase in fatalities involving drivers above the legal limit from 2019-2022.”

DiNapoli’s Office said in a release.

DiNapoli also noted New York was allocated nearly $641 million over 5 years from the federal government for the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

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