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CT ranks fifth among states for 2020 traffic-related fatalities

The coronavirus was not the only major threat to Connecticut residents during 2020 – new data from the National Highway Safety Administration and QuoteWizard determined that Connecticut ranked fifth among the states last year for the number of traffic-related fatalities.

traffic CTThe data recorded 310 traffic-related fatalities in 2020, up from the 254 recorded in 2019. Among its neighboring states, Rhode Island ranked fourth with a 25.9% year-over-year increase in traffic-related fatalities, while New York ranked 16th with a 10.9% spike and Massachusetts ranked 37th with a 1.5% uptick.

South Dakota had the most dangerous roads last year with a 33.3% rise in fatalities, while Hawaii was the safest with a 20.4% drop in deaths on its roadways; Hawaii was also one of nine states that recorded year-over-year declines in traffic-related fatalities.

The data also recorded 42,060 estimated traffic fatalities in 2020, compared with 39,107 in 2019, with an 11% increase in speeding-related deaths.

People between the ages of 25 and 34 saw the largest increase in traffic fatalities. Traffic fatalities among men and Blacks increased by 9% and 23.1%, respectively.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 11 books (including the upcoming "100 Years of Wall Street Crooks," published by Bicep Books). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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