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A Reason to Cheer for High Gas Prices

July 23rd, 2008 by flanews

Theres finally some good news surrounding the record high gas prices. Since gas hit four dollars a gallon fewer people have died on Florida roads. According to the National Safety Council deadly car wreck are down 11 percent through May of this year. Nationwide fatal wrecks are down by about 9 percent. A recent study shows that Floridians are driving less and driving slower on the interstate can save gas. Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Ken Ellis credits statewide safety campaigns for the decrease in road fatalities.

Our traditional campaigns and enforcement waves this year, we feel thats probably the root cause of the decline in the number of fatalities, so as the population in Florida keeps increasing so its good news for us that the traffic fatalities have decreased, said Ellis.

There was a similar decline in traffic deaths during the 1970s energy crisis.

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