Number of deaths on NH roads continues to climb

The number of deaths on New Hampshire roads have continued to rise since 2020, and state police are urging drivers to obey speed limits and not drive distracted. 1 to Sept. 11 this year, 98 people have been killed in crashes on New Hampshire Roads. Last year, there were 80 deaths in the same time period.Police said highway deaths are up nearly everywhere, with nearly 43,000 people killed on US roads last year, the highest number in 16 years.New Hampshire State Police said their advice to drivers isn ‘t complicated. They said everyone should obey speed limits and not drive distracted or impaired. “One bad decision could ripple out and affect so many people and it’s not just somebody that is in your vehicle, it could be somebody that again is traveling on the roadway and following the rules of the road,” said state police Capt. Christopher Vetter. They also said wearing a seat belt – or wearing a helmet for motorcyclists – can prevent serious injury.”Any time you have a death related to a traffic crash, that’s a loss of a loved one to somebody, and there’s a ripple effect that goes out,” Vetter said. “There’s family members, there’s loved ones, there’s coworkers – you know, there’s a whole multitude of people that are affected by that.”The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows 20,175 people died in crashes from January through June, an increase of 0.5% over the same period last year.However, the number of people killed on US roads fell slightly from April through June in the first decline in two years since the pandemic, but government officials said traffic fatalities are still at a crisis level.Vetter said it’s imperative to be aware when driving around motorcyclists as they’re more prone to injury.

The number of deaths on New Hampshire roads have continued to rise since 2020, and state police are urging drivers to obey speed limits and not drive distracted.

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 11 this year, 98 people have been killed in crashes on New Hampshire Roads. Last year, there were 80 deaths in the same time period.

Police said highway deaths are up nearly everywhere, with nearly 43,000 people killed on US roads last year, the highest number in 16 years.

New Hampshire State Police said their advice to drivers isn’t complicated. They said everyone should obey speed limits and not drive distracted or impaired.

“One bad decision could ripple out and affect so many people and it’s not just somebody that is in your vehicle, it could be somebody that again is traveling on the roadway and following the rules of the road,” said state police Capt. Christopher Vetter.

They also said wearing a seat belt – or wearing a helmet for motorcyclists – can prevent serious injury.

“Any time you have a death related to a traffic crash, that’s a loss of a loved one to somebody, and there’s a ripple effect that goes out,” Vetter said. “There’s family members, there’s loved ones, there’s coworkers – you know, there’s a whole multitude of people that are affected by that.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows 20,175 people died in crashes from January through June, an increase of 0.5% over the same period last year.

However, the number of people killed on US roads fell slightly from April through June in the first decline in two years since the pandemic, but government officials said traffic fatalities are still at a crisis level.

Vetter said it’s imperative to be aware when driving around motorcyclists as they’re more prone to injury.

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