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Deaths up since speed-limit raised to 70 mph


DES MOINES (AP) -- Traffic deaths on rural interstate highways are up but serious crashes have fallen since the Legislature raised the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph in 2005.

The findings are from an Iowa State study, whose author says more research is needed to get reliable conclusions.

Records show there were 30 deaths a year on rural highways in the 30 months after the speed limit was raised. In the 30 months preceding the decision, there were 26.4 deaths a year.

A spokesman for Gov. Chet Culver says the governor is not considering a change to the speed limit.

Steve Gent of the Iowa Department of Transportation says most crashes and deaths in Iowa happen on two-lane highways.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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