More than 500 people died on state roads in 2016
Maryland officials say more than 500 people died on the state’s roads last year.
Officials announced Wednesday that preliminary data collected by the Department of Transportation show 523 people died in crashes on Maryland’s roads in 2016. In 2015, officials say 521 people died in crashes.
Statistics from the National Safety Council show roadway fatalities nationwide rose by more than 6 percent last year, to more than 40,000.
Officials say the announcement is part of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a collaboration of federal, state and local officials to cut traffic fatalities in half during the next 20 years.