DOVER, Del.- More people are dying in traffic crashes in the First State, according to a new report from the Delaware State Police. The number of crashes has reached its highest level since 2002. 116 people lost their lives in the accidents, the highest number since 2006.
Delaware State Police said the main causes for these accidents were distracted and drunk driving. Rob Wood said he has noticed the distracted driving often. He said cellphones in particular are creating a problem on his daily commute.
"They've got it down on their lap texting," he said referring to many drivers. "And they look down. That second is all they need for somebody to come out or a person to come out and they're gonna hit them. They need to do away with them cell phones."
Wood said he had never gotten into an accident in his life, and at 73-years-old, he said that's something he takes pride in. His wife Mary also hasn't been in an accident in decades. She said many cars get frustrated with her because she drives slowly.
"They get so mad because I go slow," she said. "But I say 'why go fast?' They could kill somebody."
The report said that Delaware roads had 21,202 accidents in 2012. Crashes increased by two percent from the year before, and fatal ones increased by 13 percent. Personal injuries from the accidents also increased by 6 percent over this time period.
Dave Andrews drives a truck in Delaware and said that in order to slow down these accident rates, people need to change their attitudes about driving.
"The accident rate is going up because people just need to slow down," he said.
On top of all the injuries and fatalities, there was also an economic loss of more than $485 million as a result of the accidents.