WPR News
6:18 am
Wed July 4, 2007

July 4th Can Mean Dangerous Roads

Laramie, WY – Nationwide, July 4th often sees more highway deaths than New Year's Eve.

The University of Minnesota's Center for Excellence in Rural Safety tracks those numbers.

Researcher Tom Horan says perhaps that's because people are more aware of the risks on New Year's Eve than on Independence Day. "It's summer, holidays, visiting people, so there are plenty of good reasons to travel. We just want to make people aware that statistically, it's kind of a dangerous time," he said.

Across the country, about six out of ten highway deaths happen on rural roads. Wyoming's worst year for highway deaths in recent years was in 2001 with 186 for the year. Horan says the numbers have mostly gone down since then, except for a up-tick in 2006.