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“The 360” shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories and debates. What’s happening Since the start of the pandemic, the United States has experienced a troubling trend of rising traffic deaths even though Americans have been driving less. An estimated 38,680 people died in crashes in 2020, a significant spike from the previous year, which the government has mostly attributed to unsafe driving on wide-open roads during last year’s extended lockdown periods. That surge continued in the first half of 2021, despite traffic patterns picking up toward pre-COVID levels. If that trend holds through the rest of the year, 2021 will be the deadliest year on America’s highways since the mid-2000s. “This is a crisis,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said when the 2021 data was released in October. “We cannot and should not accept these fatalities as simply a part of everyday life in America.” The high rate of traffic deaths in the U.S. is not entirely tied to the pandemic. Though the numbers are still down significantly from their peak in the 1970s — when more than 56,000 people died in crashes in a single year — traffic fatalities have been gradually ticking upwards over the past decade. During that same period, some of America’s peer nations in Europe and East Asia have cut their rate of deadly crashes in half. By certain measures, the U.S. has the highest per capita rate of traffic fatalities of any developed country. Why there’s debate The National Transportation Safety […]