Officials Dispute Report on Mississippi Roads

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi safety officials dispute a claim that the state has the nation's deadliest roads, saying deaths have fallen since the data was compiled., a website published by insurance magazine National Underwriter, listed Mississippi as having the most traffic deaths per capita nationwide, citing 2009 numbers.

But Highway Patrol officials tell The Clarion-Ledger that traffic deaths have fallen from 700 in 2009 to 630 last year. Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz also says the list doesn't capture Mississippi's focus on reducing traffic deaths.

After recording 931 fatalities in 2005, a group of agencies set a goal to cut the total by a quarter by 2011. That 25 percent reduction was achieved by 2009, and the group renewed the 25 percent goal, aiming to cut deaths to 525.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2012 at 06:09 PM
  • by Lee Location: Lauderdale on Jul 8, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    The biggest cause of deaths in fatalities in ms. Is the fact that when a vehicle leaves the road for whatever reason they end up hitting trees or so on. Clear the medians and at least 50 yards off each side of the road. That in itself would reduce a great number of fatalities
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      by Resident on Jul 8, 2012 at 06:10 PM in reply to Lee
      Amen, and Amen again.
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