Over 300 Accident Fatalities in Iowa This Year

police-lightsDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State officials say more people were killed on Iowa roads in 2014 than the year before, but that fatalities have dropped significantly from 2001.

The Des Moines Register reports that 319 died on Iowa roads in 2014, down 28 percent from 446 in 2001. In 2013, 317 people died on state and federal roads in Iowa.

Preliminary information from this year’s report shows that 29 percent of people who died were not wearing seat belts, and 56 percent were driving the vehicle. Twenty percent were passengers.

In 43 percent of the fatal crashes, drivers lost control of the vehicles they were driving. Thirty percent were caused when drivers failed to yield, and 14 percent were caused when drivers crossed the center line.