Des Moines, Iowa – At least two more people died in traffic crashes in Iowa Tuesday, increasing the total for the year to more than 100. Dennis Kleen tracks crash data for the Iowa Department of Transportation.
There were 320 people killed in traffic crashes in Iowa in 2015. Last year, that number rose to just over 400. While there are likely several contributing factors, Kleen notes there’s been an increase in vehicles on Iowa’s roads.
Another factor in the rise in traffic fatalities is unbelted drivers. Kleen says over 40-percent of the people killed this year in Iowa traffic crashes were NOT wearing a seat belt.
The relatively warm weather over the first four-and-a-half months of this year has also contributed to a rise in motorcycle fatalities.
At this time last year in Iowa, the traffic fatality count was 120 — 20 more than this year.