Sen. Markey calling for action to curb U.S. car accident deaths

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Lawmakers are calling for an increase in federal action to curb automobile deaths on our roads.

Last year the U.S. saw more than 37,000 automobile deaths. Local drivers say they believe concerning driving habits they see daily, played a role in these numbers. 

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released these numbers this week.

Senator Ed Markey is calling for federal action to reduce these numbers on the roads, saying these deaths are an “absolute emergency.”

22News spoke with a driver in the area who said they’ve had too many close calls.

“When you’re not paying attention and you slam on the breaks you end up smashing into the car in front of you,” Kelsey Vu said. “I’ve been rear-ended twice by distracted drivers.”

Many drivers know it’s illegal to text while driving in Massachusetts, but the National Safety Council found, this is one of many distractions in today’s vehicles. Complex radio systems and GPS’s were also factors.

Data from 2016 shows almost 400 people died from car accidents in Massachusetts.

Uber driver Kevin McDonald told 22News he gets nervous and frustrated at people who are willing to his life and their own in jeopardy. 

Senator Markey has called on the NHTSA to complete overdue safety rulemakings without delay. That includes rear seatbelt reminders and safety records by car manufactures. 

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