More than 500 peo­ple died on state roads in 2016

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

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.

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