Most theorized that the stay-at-home orders to combat Covid-19 would have made driving safer. However, the rate of fatal crashes climbed as unimpeded speed demons put the pedal to the metal (Wall Street Journal)
Nationally, vehicle miles traveled dropped an unprecedented 264.2 billion miles over the first half of 2020, a decline of 17% compared with the first half of 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In the same period, the agency estimated the number of fatalities shrank 2%, falling to 16,650 from 16,988 the previous year. But the rate of fatalities grew 18%, rising to 1.25 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, up from 1.06.