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Archive for Thursday, February 7, 2013

25 years ago: Rate of county traffic deaths remains unchanged

February 7, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 7, 1988:

  • According to a report released today by local law enforcement agencies, there had been 11 traffic deaths in Douglas County in 1987. The number had remained unchanged since 1986 despite the mandatory seat belt law that had gone into effect the previous year. Douglas County Sheriff Rex Johnson said that a big factor in the number of traffic deaths was increased use of County Road 442, also known as Stull Road, which had become a substitute route between Lawrence and Topeka when U.S. Highway 40 had been closed for repairs. Two fatalities and several non-fatal accidents had occurred on Stull Road during the year. The county's biggest fatality accident, however, had occurred on March 27 when four Kansas University students had died when their car was struck by a train at a railroad crossing north of Lawrence.
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