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Iowa Traffic Fatalities Could Hit Low Mark in 2018

2018 is shaping up to be one of the safest years on record on Iowa’s roads…at least by one measure. The state has seen at least 300 traffic fatalities in virtually every year since World War II. Over that time, the year with the lowest fatalities was 2013, when 317 people died on Iowa’s roads. The state just recorded its 300th fatality of this year on Tuesday. With less than two weeks left in the year, law enforcement leaders are hoping the fatality count can fall below than 2013 mark. Sergeant Darin Snedden of the Iowa State Patrol says there are many reasons why fatalities have been down this year. But he says one of the biggest factors is that cars are safer than ever. This year’s low fatality rate comes just two years after one of the deadliest years on Iowa’s roads. The state saw a little more than 400 traffic fatalities in 2016.

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