Rise in Iowa highway deaths associated with increased speed limit
In 2005, the state of Iowa raised the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph for rural highways, and this increase is believed to have caused a rise in the state’s highway deaths.
Since the change in speed was approved, traffic-related fatalities on highways in Iowa increased by 10 percent. The Department of Transportation reveals that between 2005 and 2011, 250 fatalities occurred on the rural highway system in Iowa. During the six years prior to the speed limit change, there were 227 deaths recorded on those same highways.
These traffic deaths are largely associated with drivers losing control of their vehicles, or traveling at excessive speeds on difficult road conditions. Both of those concerns can be tied to the speed limit.
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