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Del. Crash Deaths Higher This Year Than Last

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LEWES, Del. - Traffic fatalities in the First State are up more than 20 percent so far this year compared to this time last year.

According to Delaware State Police, there have been 43 crash deaths this year and 35 last year.

Cardell Bolden of Lewes drives a truck for a living and said this is something that doesn't surprise him.

"I get the newspaper everyday and I mean I see it everyday, you know pretty much everyday," he said. "Everything is getting worse... it's not surprising at all, it's not surprising at all."

The number difference may sound small, but in a bigger state than Delaware, a 20 percent increase would be much more obvious.

Brandon Hudson said he sees reckless driving as well.

"Some people are just animals and some people aren't," he said." It just depends on what day you come out and what time."

According to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, both this year and last, intoxication was the leading cause of deadly accidents.

"Because just people drinking and being stupid," Hudson added. "Going out to the bars, just doing stupid stuff, drinking and driving."

More specifically, in 2015, the overall leading cause of fatal incidents was pedestrians under the influence, whereas so far this year, the leading cause is drivers under the influence. There have been two cases of fatal crashes caused by pedestrian's under the influence in 2016.

Another leading cause this year is driving recklessly, and both in 2015 and 2016 failing to yield to the right of way makes the list as well.

Perhaps more surprisingly, this year so far, only 15 people who died were wearing seat belts.

DSP officials say that number could be misleading because of pedestrian deaths. However, OHS officials say they are still pushing a strong "Click it or Ticket" campaign because last year, more than half of the year's total deaths were not buckled in.


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