Four people recently died, including two Des Moines police officers, in a two-vehicle accident on an Iowan highway, News Channel 3 reported on March 26.
According to reports, at about 12:40 a.m., a head-on crash caused by a wrong-way driver occurred on Interstate 80. The police officers and a female inmate passenger were on their way back to Des Moines when their utility vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle going the wrong direction, a police spokesperson stated. The police officers and their passenger died in the crash scene. The wrong-way driver, who caused the collision, also died in the incident. Des Moines police, in a news conference held on the same day, released some details of the crash, stating that both police officers and the wrong-way driver were wearing seat belts. The Iowa State Patrol are still conducting their investigations. The governor of Iowa expressed his deep sympathy and issued an order to lower the flags to half-staff.
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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