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2006 Summit County car crashes totaled 687

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An interesting article appeared yesterday in the Summit Daily News, detailing new statistics released by the Colorado State patrol about motor vehicle accidents in Summit County.

While accidents that cause fatalities and injuries are decreasing, crashes related to DUI are increasing.

Nearly half, or 330, of the 687 accidents in Summit County in 2006 resulted from drivers exceeding the speed limit. Sixty of the crashes happened on I-70 between mile markers 210 and 212 near the Eisenhower Tunnel.

The second most common cause for motor vehicle accidents in the county was lane violations or illegal lane changes.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was the third most common cause of traffic accidents in the county. Last year 47 accidents were DUI-related, representing a 60 percent increast from 2005.