Officials report increase in deaths in crashes on La. roads

Officials report increase in deaths in crashes on La. roads

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials said more people died in crashes in 2014 than 2013 in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission reported 739 people died on Louisiana roads in 2014, a 5 percent increase from 2013.

Officials noted an increase in alcohol-related crashes and more cars on roads and highways across the state. It is estimated 192 crash deaths in 2014 involved a driver who was alcohol-impaired.

According to the report, the fatality rate of 18 to 20-year-olds increased, as well as the alcohol-related crash rate of 18 to 24-year-olds. It was pointed out this was the first time in five years the alcohol-related crash rate increased for this age group.

Officials also noted they've seen a growing trend in deadly single vehicle crashes. They added the wrecks often involve young drivers being reckless.

The report stated more passengers in vehicles and pedestrians killed in crash accounted for most of the increases in crash deaths for 2014. It showed passenger deaths went up from 116 to 142 and the number of pedestrians killed rose from 98 to 107.

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