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Traffic fatalities spike in Wichita

May 4, 2011

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— The year's only one-third over, but the city of Wichita has already recorded nearly half as many traffic deaths as in all of 2010.

Police believe drunken, distracted and careless drivers are largely to blame for the spike.

From January through April of this year, 13 people died in 12 accidents on Wichita streets. The city had 28 traffic fatalities in all of last year.

The Wichita Eagle reports that seven of the 13 people killed through April died in alcohol-related collisions. Deputy Chief Nelson Mosley says other factors include failing to yield, speeding, inattentive driving and running red lights.

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