Amidst a troubling surge in traffic fatalities statewide, the Mid Hudson Valley region stands out with the second lowest fatality rate in New York State at 6.8 deaths per 100,000 people. This positive statistic contrasts starkly with the statewide increase of 25.8% in motor vehicle fatalities from 2019 to 2022, as highlighted in a recent report by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

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DiNapoli's report underscores the severity of the issue, noting that despite a decrease in vehicle miles traveled and traffic accidents, New York State recorded the highest number of traffic fatalities in a decade in 2022. The statewide trend reflects a national increase of nearly 17% in traffic-related deaths over the same period.

Long Island Has The Highest Number Of Fatalities In NYS

In 2022 alone, New York reported 1,175 traffic fatalities, marking a significant uptick compared to previous years. Urban roadways have seen a particularly sharp increase in fatal accidents, rising by 68% since 2017. Long Island reported the highest number of fatalities within the state, with Suffolk County recording 164 deaths and Nassau County 81.

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Despite these challenges, the Mid Hudson Valley region has maintained commendable safety standards, boasting the second lowest per capita fatality rate in the state. This region's proactive approach to road safety serves as a model for effective measures in reducing traffic fatalities.

NYS To Lower Speed Limit In Targeted Areas

In response to the alarming statistics, both federal and state governments have initiated several highway safety programs. New York State received nearly $641 million over five years from the federal government for the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Additionally, Sammy’s Law, recently enacted in the state budget for State Fiscal Year 2024-25, allows New York City to adjust speed limits to enhance safety in targeted areas.

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Moving forward, DiNapoli's report encourages policymakers to explore successful strategies from other states and empower local governments to implement effective safety measures. These initiatives aim to curb the growing trend of traffic fatalities and ensure safer roads across New York State.

Stay Safe New York

As New Yorkers embark on summer journeys and holiday travels, maintaining vigilance on the road and adhering to traffic laws are crucial steps in preventing further tragedies. By learning from regions like the Mid Hudson Valley and implementing proven safety practices, stakeholders can work together to mitigate the impact of traffic fatalities and promote safer roadways for all.

Vehicle Make and Model Involved in the Most Fatal Accidents by State

A new study conducted by Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson, has revealed the vehicle make and model involved in the most fatal accidents in the country. Let's look at which cars and trucks were involved in the most deadly crashes in a year in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. For the full methodology, scroll to the US total.

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