by Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND - It wasn't a good year on the road's for the City of Midland. police saw a rise in this year's traffic fatalities.
They say an increase in traffic flow and the city's growth is one of the main reasons for the higher number of fatal wrecks.
"We've had 15 accidents and 17 deaths, " Lt. Brian Bogart with the Midland Police Department, said.
That's how many people were killed on Midland streets this year alone. Lt Bogart says more traffic fatalities happened on Midland streets in 2009 than in the past decade, and he says a lot of it has to do with the growing population.
"Two years ago, you could travel on the roads and just see a few cars, now it's bumper to bumper on both lanes. When you start getting that many cars close together it becomes a problem," Lt. Bogart said.
Authorities say what's unusual with this years accidents is that a majority of them were single-car crashes.
"It's been a strange year with single car accidents, 9 out of the 15 wrecks were single vehicle," Lt. Bogart said.
Some Midland drivers say even in a small city like Midland; driving with extra caution is key to avoiding a fatal outcome.
"Drive below the speed limit especially in conditions like this, that can help a lot," Midland Driver, Lorenzo Ortiz said.
Authorities say the City of Midland annexed parts of Highway 191 and FM 1788 and they're predicting the number of accidents will most likely increase in that area as well.