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Fatalities on the Rise in Delaware, Sussex County

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- In Delaware, as with most states in the nation, many will be getting in their cars and traveling this holiday weekend. AAA has predicted that approximately 300,000 Delawareans will hit the road, which is an increase of about five percent from 2013. As drivers prepare to get behind the wheel, though, new traffic statistics paint an ominous picture.

More have died on Delaware roads this year than they did in past years, and this jump has been most pronounced in Sussex County.

Here is a breakdown of the numbers:

Fatal Crashes:

2012:

- New Castle County: 55

- Kent County: 21

- Sussex County: 34

- Statewide: 110

2013:

- New Castle County: 48

- Kent County: 14

- Sussex County 34

- Statewide: 96

2014:

- New Castle County 49

- Kent County: 16

- Sussex County: 43

- Statewide: 108.

Total Fatalities:

2012:

- New Castle County: 57

- Kent County: 24

- Sussex County: 35

- Statewide: 116

2013:

- New Castle County: 49

- Kent County: 14

- Sussex County: 38

- Statewide: 101

2014:

- New Castle County: 57

- Kent County: 19

- Sussex County: 45

- Statewide: 121

What The Data Means:

The data demonstrates a nearly 13 percent increase statewide in fatal crashes, and a more than 26 percent increase in Sussex County alone.

Allison Kirk from The Office of Highway Safety said that the two main factors for these accidents were speed and alcohol consumption.

"High speed is playing a factor in a lot of these, if not all of them," she said. "It's excessive speed, too. It's not like going five or ten miles over the speed limit. It's going 20 or more over the speed limit."

The data showed that one of the hotspots for fatal accidents was on Route 24, in between Coastal Highway and the Millsboro area. Kirk said that other areas like Routes One, 13 and 113 had a lot of fatal accidents as well. 

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