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Goals for safety on the road hits a snag

In 2013, Arkansas released its Strategic Highway Safety Plan, which explained how the state wanted to lower road fatalities to 400 or fewer by the year 2017. While Arkansas has shown improvement, it appears unlikely such an ambitious goal will be realized. The state, traditionally one of the worst nationally in deaths per 1 million vehicle miles, has seen a recent increase in fatalities — they are also up nationally — as lower gas prices have encouraged more drivers to hit the road. Until 2015, Arkansas had been making progress. Arkansas had 551 road fatalities in 2011 and 560 in 2012, both statistically the same 1.67 deaths per 1 million vehicle miles according to Arkansas Business.

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