LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Increased traffic by fatigued drivers on dark, narrow roads in the Eagle Ford area of South Texas is blamed for a spike in the traffic death toll in the area.
The Texas Department of Transportation reports that increases in two counties north of Laredo, Dimmit and La Salle.
The Laredo Morning Times (http://bit.ly/XwwZcD) reports that in Dimmit County, traffic crashes jumped from 40 in 2011 to almost 190 in 2012, with fatalities doubling from five to 11. In La Salle County, east of Dimmit County, the death toll tripled from four in 2011 to 12 in 2012.
The state is adding passing lanes to remote, two-lane stretches of U.S. 83, but Trooper Eliseo Ceja of the Texas Department of Public Safety says fatigue apparently factors in many of the crashes.
Information from: Laredo Morning Times, http://www.lmtonline.com