Take a look at this chart:
In cases where seatbelts were available for use, 59% of traffic fatalities involved people who weren’t wearing one. 39% of all traffic fatalities this year have happened on county roads.
Fatalities, compared to last year, are up by 3.4%. Other stats are up as well. Crashes are up by 9% compared to the same period last year. Accidents with injuries are up 11% from last year as well. Troopers say this is simply a question of manpower.
“Well we have fewer people out there being proactive in the enforcement of traffic laws for speeding, DUI enforcement, things like that,” said Trooper Jamie Maloy. So far this year there have only been 94 days without a traffic death.