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IOWA TRAFFIC FATALITIES ON THE RISE IN 2016

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2016 is turning out to be a bloody year on Iowa’s roadways.

Patrick Hoye , chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says after several years of declining traffic fatality numbers in Iowa, we are well ahead of last year’s total of 320 traffic deaths for 2015:


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The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest times of the year on Iowa’s roadways.

Officers will be out in force through the weekend on Iowa’s highways and interstates.


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Hoye says roughly half of the traffic deaths in Iowa involved people who weren’t wearing a seatbelt and 30-percent of the fatal crashes were alcohol-related.

Another reason for the spike in fatal crashes could involve the low gas prices we’ve had this year.


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Over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday, five people were killed on Iowa roads.
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