Emmetsburg, IA (KICD)–The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau has launched an effort to reduce the number of fatal crashes on Iowa’s rural roadways.
Spokesperson Randy Hunefeld tells KICD News that secondary roads account for 79-percent of the roads in Iowa.
Hunefeld says a common misperception is that fatal accidents occur mostly in urban areas.
This pilot project is taking place in five Iowa Counties and includes Palo Alto County where Deputies and the Iowa State Patrol will be teaming up on a number of special projects.
The High Five project will run through September 2015. There were 317 traffic-related fatalities in Iowa in 2013. That marked a record low for the state, but Hunefeld says 317 deaths is still too many.