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September 27, 2012
Spike in road fatalities prompts safety warnings

Following an especially safe spring and early summer, traffic fatalities have spiked in New Hampshire. The upturn in deaths prompted warnings about unsafe driving practices from the state’s Department of Safety.

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New Hampshire has experienced 71 fatal crashes thus far this year, compared with 54 during the same period last year. That 30 percent increase translates to the deaths of 77 people, versus 57 deaths last year at the same time.

State Police Director Col. Robert L. Quinn offered no immediate explanation for the spike in fatalities, despite a drop in the overall number of crashes and injuries. “But there is no mystery about the causes of serious crashes: speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, aggressive driving, and driver inattention,” he added.

Quinn urged Granite State drivers to slow down and avoid dangerous activities such as texting and talking on cell phones while driving. “Texting while driving is illegal in New Hampshire, but any activity that distracts a driver is dangerous.” Quinn also encouraged drivers to wear seat belts at all times. New Hampshire is the only state that does not require adults to wear a seat belt.

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