Lights, cameras, action: States are changing rules of the road

Lawmakers addressed wrong-way, distracted and reckless driving, among other issues.
This long exposure photo shows traffic driving on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Traffic fatality rates are starting to drop again after a surge in deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic, but other trends are causing fresh alarm among governors and state lawmakers.

Preliminary figures last month from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show there were 1.24 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled during the first three months of 2023, down from 1.32 deaths during the same period in 2022.

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