Fatal car accidents spike nationwide

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Fatal auto accidents in the US have spiked significantly in the first half of 2021, according to a US federal agency.

The US Department of Transportation says more than 20-thousand people died in accidents in the first six months of this year.

The department says fatal auto accidents are up about 18.4 percent in the period.

It’s the largest six-month increase in traffic fatalities since the ‘Fatality Analysis Reporting System’ started tracking the numbers in 1979.

In Wisconsin, the department of transportation reports more than 500 people have died on the road so far in 2021.

52 fatalities were reported in October alone.

Nationwide, miles traveled in cars also jumped about 13 percent to more than 173 billion miles. But the DOT also claims incidents of speeding and traveling without a seat belt are higher than seen pre-pandemic. 

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