Highway Patrol Disputes Traffic Fatalities Report

Laramie, WY – A Wyoming Highway Patrol official disputes a new study indicating higher interstate speed limits cause more fatalities. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety claims states that increased speed limits to 75 miles per hour on interstates saw 40 percent more deaths. Wyoming Highway Patrol spokesman Sergeant Steve Townsend says he didn't notice a big increase in accidents or behavior after the state's speed limit increased in 1995. He admits that speed probably contributed to a few more highway deaths, but the biggest factor is one vehicle rollovers where the driver is not wearing a seatbelt.