Maine highway deaths up 50%

AUGUSTA (AP) -- Public safety officials say the number of highway deaths in Maine is up 50 percent over last year.

The Bureau of Highway Safety says 97 people have died on Maine roads so far this year as of Friday. At the same time last year, there had been 65 deaths.

Officials say Maine has had four exceptionally safe years in a row on the state's roadways, with last year being the safest since 1959.

Excessive speed is usually the top factor for highway fatalities.

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Robert McQueeney's picture

Excessive speed

This article says excessive speed is usually the the top factor. Can we get more detail on this. For example: For each of the last 5 years there have been "X" number of fatalities. For each year these were the factors involved and list contributing factors. For example, how many were drunk and speeding, texting and speeding, etc.... I'd just be interested in more detail that would show any possible trending.

JOHN PAINTER's picture

That type of data is already

That type of data is already published http://www.maine.gov/dps/bhs/crash-data/stats/off-roads.html

Robert McQueeney's picture

Many thanx. I find such

Many thanx. I find such statistics interesting.

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