Danger Zone

Number 21020
Subject Automobiles
Source Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
State IA
Year 2003
Publication Date November 9
Summary The Gazette investigation found that nearly half the fatal accidents on Interstate 80 in Iowa from 1994-2001 involved semi-trailer trucks. No other interstate in Iowa had a rate that high. Traffic counts are growing on a 60-70 mile stretch of I-80 in Eastern Iowa, where many of the semi-trailer trucks are concentrated. Despite the growth in traffic, state officials have no plans to improve safety by widening the highway because traffic counts are just shy of the threshold for widening the road.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 13
Keywords fatal accidents;Interstate 80;semi-trailer trucks;traffic accidents;Fatality Analysis Reporting System;stopping distance;Iowa Department of Transportation;Iowa Office of Driver Services;Iowa Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement;Iowa Office of Design;University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute;Cedar County;Iowa State Patrol;FARS
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