Congress Focuses on Rising Road Fatalities

House holds hearing and Senate sends DOT secretary a letter.

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit conducted a hearing on Wednesday about ways to address America’s worsening traffic safety. Traffic fatalities rose 10.5% in 2021 alone, a number that represents 42,915 people killed on U.S. roads in one year. The committee heard from the National League of Cities, the American Association of State Highways, and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association as they pieced together on-the-ground factors to inform future policies.

Also on Wednesday, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and 13 other senators wrote to Transportation Secretary Buttigieg regarding their “grave concerns about the skyrocketing number of motor vehicle fatalities in the United States.“

The letter continued, “Despite new technology and safety features, roads are becoming more dangerous for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other roadway users. We urge the Department of Transportation to continue to prioritize roadway safety and promptly employ new regulatory authorities Congress provided in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to reverse this disturbing trend.“

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the House and Senate as they urge the Transportation Department to act on rising road fatalities.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg as he leads transportation officials in addressing traffic deaths.
  • For Deputy Administrator Cliff to seek God’s wisdom as he heads the NHTSA.
  • For Americans to be alert, aware, and cautious as they drive.

Sources:, Reuters


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