Numbers Show Fewer Deaths are occurring on W.Va. Highways

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State police say the number of highway deaths in West Virginia is expected to be the lowest since 2010.

Sgt. Chris Zerkle credits the decrease to more traffic patrols paid for by federal and state grant money.

292 people have died on state highways so far this year. That compares to 324 last year, 315 in 2011 and 294 in 2010.

The grant money goes toward state police overtime pay to put more troopers on roads.

Zerkle says the money is doled out to coincide with highway safety campaigns during holiday periods or other times when traffic volumes are higher.

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