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Iowa won’t meet goal of less than 300 traffic deaths in 2021

As of Nov. 19, Iowa has had over 300 traffic deaths in 2021.
As of Nov. 19, Iowa has had over 300 traffic deaths in 2021.
Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 10:54 AM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say they will continue to strive for fewer than 300 annual traffic deaths, but it won’t happen in 2021.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that as of Friday, the Iowa traffic death count stood at 312. Iowa Department of Transportation officials say that outpaces the death toll for the same date in the four previous years, but it is below the 350 count by the same time in 2016 — the last year that highway crashes claimed more than 400 lives.

A safety campaign will continue that urges drivers to slow down, buckle up, drive sober and remain distraction-free heading into the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period.