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Fatality crashes not on the rise, however, contributing factors seeing recent uptick in Lyon County KVOE News File Photo

With less traffic on roadways in recent months, excessive speed has become a major concern for local law enforcement.

A recent report issued by the Kansas Department of Transportation indicated that vehicle fatalities have increased this year by five percent. While those numbers have not risen in the local area according to Lyon County Undersheriff John Koelsch, contributing factors such as speeding are seeing a significant uptick.

Koelsch believes one cause of the uptick in excessive speed is the reduction in travel seen across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On top of excessive speed, Koelsch says in many of the vehicle accidents, specifically rollover accidents, they have worked in recent months the majority of injuries were caused due to drivers not buckling up. He says regardless of what traffic looks like drivers always need to utilize their seatbelts while on the road.

These concerns become more pressing for local law enforcement as we begin to enter the winter season and traditional deer collision season. Koelsch reminds residents if they do encounter a deer in the roadway sometimes the best decision is to simply hit the deer.

He says most accidents this time of year are due to drivers attempting to avoid animals on the roadway which can potentially result in a rollover or even fatality accident.

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Last modified on Saturday, 21 November 2020 08:59