The total number of roadway fatalities in 2016 is 400. Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Nate Ludwig says it’s the most traffic deaths recorded in the state in eight years.
The rise in traffic fatalities is blamed on three main factors; distracted drivers, motorists not wearing seat belts, and speeding.
Ludwig believes too many people “take driving for granted” and are overly aggressive.
Ludwig says while the number of traffic deaths this year in Iowa is appalling, it’s not just a number.
Ludwig says one of the key factors in the increase in fatal traffic crashes is a rise in more people driving far beyond the speed limit — at 80, 90, or 100 miles an hour on interstates.
Ludwig notes, this year, Iowa has not had a lot of “bad” weather that could be attributed to a rise in traffic deaths.