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National Transportation Safety Board

What about those 27 lives?

For the second year in a row, traffic fatalities are on the rise in this country with an overall 14 percent increase since 2014, according to federal statistics released last week, and Maryland is right in the thick of the problem. In 2015, traffic deaths on Maryland roads were up 14 percent to a total of 513, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. That is the worst since 2009, and it appears 2016 will show no improvement as the fatality rate for the first nine months of the year was actually higher than the same period in 2015.

Given that sad reality, state lawmakers ought to be scrambling to find ways to save lives. Fortunately, there is a measure pending...