The state Department of Transportation announced that in 2022, statewide traffic deaths decreased by 4%, from 1,230 in 2021 to 1,179. Reportable crashes were also down in 2022 and were the second lowest on record since 1951.
Fatalities in local road crashes decreased by 8.4% from 214 in 2021 to 196 in 2022 and was the second lowest in five years. Other types of fatal crashes that decreased included those involving speeding, fatalities in hit fixed objects, and unrestrained fatalities.
Unfortunately, fatalities involving distracted driving, head-on crashes, crashes at signalized intersections, and those involving 65 to 74-year-old drivers were up from 2021. Fatalities in distracted driving increased from 60 to 80 or 33%. To read the press release, click here.