State police, CDC report on car crashes, cyclist deaths in Louisiana

Rate for adult cycling deaths in Louisiana rises

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana appears to be bucking a national trend, and this time it's a good thing.

According to Louisiana State Police, Troopers have worked about a dozen fewer crashes in the state for the first half of this year compared to the first half of last year.

This comes as national numbers show just the opposite.

According to the National Safety Council, traffic deaths across the country are up 14 percent so far this year.

The council's president said part of the reason for the rise in deaths nationwide could be that an improved economy and lower gas prices have lead to more drivers on the road.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Louisiana has the third-highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the country.

The report says cyclist deaths are only higher in Florida and Delaware.

According to the CDC's report, the death rate among adult cyclists has risen since 1975, however the total bike deaths in Louisiana has also fallen by 34 percent in that same amount of time.

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