Traffic deaths in the US are on a slight decline through the first six months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022, according to preliminary estimates released by the National Safety Council (NSC).

From January 2023 through June 2023, an estimated 21,150 people died in preventable motor vehicle crashes in the United States, down three percent from the first six months of last year.

“While there is a glimmer of hope that progress is being made, these estimates are still a stark reminder of the work that lies ahead,” said Mark Chung, executive vice president of roadway practice at the National Safety Council.

“Every life lost on the road is a profound tragedy that leaves a lasting impact on families, friends and communities, and every single one of those deadly crashes was preventable. The estimates further underscore the urgent need for continued efforts to improve road safety across the nation through the implementation of the Safe System approach.”

NSC analysis also showed the decrease in deaths occurred even as mileage increased 2.3 percent through the first six months of 2023 compared to 2022.