Deaths Soar Nearly 20% As New Traffic Crisis Hits

( The number of people dying as a result of traffic accidents in the first half of this year has reached the highest level since 2006, according to data released by the government on Thursday. Some 20,160 people died in the first half of this year, which was 18.4% higher than the first half of 2020.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, finally back to work after enjoying time off with his husband and his newly adopted child, said that data showed an “unacceptable crisis.”

The Department of Transportation announced that a new national strategy will be adopted to address the number of people being killed on America’s roads.

Buttigieg said that the U.S. cannot and should not accept this large number of facilities as part of everyday life in the United States, insisting that nobody can address this problem alone and that it is going to take “all levels of government, industries, advocates, engineers and communities across the country” to work together and work towards the day that nobody has to say goodbye to a loved one because of a crash.

While it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the number of people dying on the roads has remained high, we do at least know that the reason it has increased so dramatically over last year is simply that more people are on the roads.

The first half of 2020 was when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the United States, prompting millions of people to stay at home, avoid going to work, and avoid leaving their homes.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Steven Cliff responded to the news by urging drivers to slow down, drive sober, avoid distractions while driving and wear seatbelts.

In the meantime, the federal government is apparently working on an unspecified plan to crack down on traffic deaths.

Maybe this is a good excuse for Buttigieg to introduce new taxes based on the miles you drive in a year, in an effort to cut the number of people on the roads…