Motor vehicle deaths decreased in 2016
According to the National Safety Council, 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That marks a six percent increase over 2015, and a 14 percent increase over 2014 - the most dramatic two-year escalation in 53 years. While there was a nationwide increase in traffic deaths, North Dakota had a reduction in traffic fatalities over the past two years.
Preliminary data indicates from 2015 to 2016 there was a 14 percent decrease in North Dakota motor vehicle deaths, and from 2014 to 2016 there was a 17 percent decline statewide.