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Traffic fatalities 2021: Officials say fewer cars don't reduce roadway danger as deaths top last year record

There is a fatal car wreck in Austin every five days, on average. (Pexels)

Despite reduced car trips and work from home as a result of the pandemic, traffic deaths are continuing to rise beyond the five-year record hit in 2020.

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Why traffic fatalities are on the rise in Austin, despite the pandemic

Nothing about this year has been expected, but one particularly unanticipated development has been the increase in traffic fatalities seen here in Austin and across the country during a period when people have been driving less.

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