Thursday, 16 May 2019 14:26

Maine highway deaths increase

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STATEWIDE - So far this year, there's been a more than 30 percent increase in the number of people killed on Maine's highways.

 

As of Tuesday, traffic accidents have claimed the lives of 42 people, according to Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland.

 

McCausland said that is compared to the 32 highway fatalities at the same time last year.

 

"So far this year we've only had three motorcycle fatalities but the motorcycle season just began as well. So the numbers are not encouraging for the rest of the year," he said.

 

Mccausland said this is a trend that concerns law enforcement officials because July and August are traditionally the deadliest months on the highways.