After spiking higher for two straight years, traffic deaths in the United States pulled back slightly in 2017, according to a new report by the National Safety Council.
The NSC estimates there were 40,100 motor vehicle deaths last year, which would be a drop of about 1 percent from the total of 40,327 in 2016.
"This is good news and bad news," said Deborah Hersman, CEO of the National Safety Council. "The total number of fatalities is not getting worse, but the situation is not getting better."
Hersman points out traffic-related deaths, including pedestrians and cyclists, are not falling as much some would expect given the advancement in auto safety technologies, like automatic emergency brakes, and the increased use of seat belts.