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By The Numbers: Summer Traffic Data

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LEWES, Del. - As the summer comes to a close, WBOC looked into the traffic data for this summer, and the results were a mixed bag. Comparing the 2014 numbers to five years before, there are vastly improved numbers, but if you do the same comparison to 2013, some categories improved, and others got worse. 

From May to August, there were 389 alcohol-related accidents this summer. Below is how that stacks up to the last five years: 

- 2010: 471

-2011: 418

- 2012: 430

- 2013: 369

Compared to the high number five years ago, this year's numbers show vast improvement. However, the jump by 20 accidents this summer compared to the year before is a more negative trend. 

Similarly "unrestrained crashes," which are essentially accidents where the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, increased this year to 60 crashes. Below is how that stacks up to the past five years. 

- 2010: 105

- 2011: 87

- 2012: 85

- 2013: 58

This statistic showed a similar trend as with alcohol-related crashes, whereas the number is far lower than the 2010 number, but still is an increase from 2013. 

The most positive numbers were with injuries caused by speed where there were 54 incidents this summer. Below is how that stacks up to the last five years. 

- 2010: 69

- 2011: 81

- 2012: 65

- 2013: 70. 

These numbers show a great reduction in injuries caused by speeding. Allison Kirk with the Office of Highway Safety said that their enforcement decisions played a big role in this decrease. 

"We did have a focus on speeding at the beginning of the summer," Kirk said. "And we really pushed enforcement out there on speeding and reducing the speeding crashes." 

Lewes driver Brenda Marchand said that OHS should return their main focus back on alcohol-based accidents, because she said this takes the most lives. 

"I know it's not nice to sit in the lines," she said about the checkpoints. "And it's no fun for anybody. But it is vitally important for both he passengers, the driver, and the other drivers."

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