Lower gas prices to blame for more fatal traffic accidents?

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Low summer gas prices are good news for travelers, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they are responsible for a spike in traffic deaths.

Alabama State Trooper Curtis Summerville says while he agrees there are more drivers on the road and troopers are seeing an increase in fatalities, he doesn't believe lower gas prices are to blame for fatal crashes. Trooper Summerville says there are  plenty of other factors to consider.

"When you've got more folks on the road and you've got someone driving under the influence or you've got a person texting and driving or you've got a person driving excessively over the speed limit, those things can certainly contribute [to traffic fatalities]," said Trooper Summerville.

Summerville says if you're doing what you're supposed to as a driver, the number of other drivers on the road is irrelevant.

"There could be a thousand cars out there but if you keep your correct following distance, you're driving the speed limit, you're not under the influence, you're not texting and driving... then chances are you're not going to have a crash," said Trooper Summerville.

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