Traffic Fatalities Up Substantially So Far In 2016

Iowa State Patrol CarSheldon, Iowa — Traffic fatalities in Iowa are up significantly for the first two months of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.  That’s what Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz told Wayne and Aaron on the KIWA Morning Show Tuesday morning.

Kurtz called the increase in fatalities “significant”.

He says that even more sobering is the fact that half of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

Trooper Kurtz says he can’t say for sure if any of those not buckled up would have survived if wearing seat belts, but it certainly would have improved their chances of survival.

Kurtz says that’s why it’s so important that you buckle up EVERY time you get into a vehicle.

Trooper Kurtz is an Iowa State Patrol Trooper specializing in Safety Education, who lives in Orange City.

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