BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana traffic fatalities have decreased by nine percent since 2021.
Based on a report, in the past five years, traffic fatalities across the nation increased by 13%. City roads have become safer than rural roads. Rural road fatalities have increased by 7% from 2021 to 2022, while city street deaths have decreased by 6%.
There was a 13% increase in traffic deaths involving vehicles and bicyclists, which was the leading type of traffic death.
The leading cause of traffic fatalities is distracted driving followed by speeding, according to the report.
The highest demographic groups in traffic deaths are men and drivers over the age of 65. Since 2021, men had a 1% increase and drivers over the age of 65 had a 6% increase. White people had the largest number of deaths, but other races also saw an increase since 2021.
Baton Rouge reportedly is ranked 5th for best drivers in the nation.