APD: Spike in deadly crashes

APD: Spike in deadly crashes

APD: Spike in deadly crashes

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by KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 10:15 PM

AUSTIN -- New numbers released by police Wednesday showed a big spike in deadly crashes in Austin.

Police say there were 78 crashes in 2012, a 42 percent increase from the previous year.

Alcohol or drugs were factors in more than half of those crashes, according to police. Distracted driving and speeding each played a role in about a third.

Pedestrians were the victims in one in three fatal crashes. A quarter of those incidents happened when someone tried to cross the main lanes of a highway.

There have already been 17 traffic fatalities in Austin this year.
 

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