Report: Fewer people died on Idaho roads in 2018 than in 2017

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The Idaho State Police will soon release the numbers of how many fatal crashes they responded to in 2018.

KMVT has some preliminary numbers for now.

Current figures reveal 233 people died on Idaho roads last year, that number is down from 245 in 2017.

According to Lt. Robert Rausch,that number could go up by 2 or 3, because they count deaths that happen 30 days after the initial accident, and they are waiting to hear back from the coroner on a couple of deaths as well.

Rausch also said that even though deaths are down, injury crashes have gone up, meaning that more people are surviving crashes.

“Some of the biggest reasons we're seeing less fatalities with these crashes is our cars are better. Roadways, engineering have gone up, but so has you know, but that is good. We're putting lights in places, we're banking the roads, and we’re using a road that has more friction, so cars have more hold on the road,” Rausch explained.

In addition to those improvements, ISP is still reminding people to wear seat belts and to allow plenty of space between cars when driving.

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