Travel on U.S. roads in 2023 rose 2.1% to 3.263 trillion miles setting a new yearly record and topping pre-COVID 19 levels for the first time, the Transportation Department said Thursday. The increase in driving comes as more Americans are returning to offices for work as businesses and federal agencies push workers to return. U.S. road deaths rose sharply after the COVID pandemic but have started to decline. Traffic deaths fell 4.5% in the first nine months of the year to 30,435.
Story by David Shepardson
February 8, 2024