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Motor Vehicle Deaths in New York Rise Sharply

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Motor vehicle fatalities in New York state increased by 25.8% from 2019 to 2022, reaching the highest level in a decade, according to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Despite fewer drivers on the road and improved vehicle safety, traffic deaths rose significantly. In 2022, there were 1,175 fatalities, the most since 2013. DiNapoli highlighted the urgency for cautious driving, especially during the busy Fourth of July holiday. Nationwide, traffic deaths grew by nearly 17%, while New York’s rate soared by 25.8% in the same period.

Urban roadways saw a 68% increase in fatal crashes since 2017, with Long Island having the most deaths in 2022. The North Country had the highest per capita fatality rate. DiNapoli’s report suggests giving local governments more control over speed limits to help reduce fatalities.