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The expansion in oil and gas extraction has resulted in a large increase in the number of fatal vehicle crashes and collisions in boom counties. The increase in traffic-related deaths is due to the growing volume of traffic; the workers driving these vehicles are often fatigued or rushed; and the roads in many rural boom counties were never designed or constructed to manage the number of large and overweight vehicles. There is also an increase in aggressive and impaired driving and road rage in boom counties. Taken together, these factors lead to traffic deaths, and while the focus of this chapter is on fatalities, for every person killed in a crash there are about five serious and about 75 minor injuries. In addition to exploring the reasons for these crashes, the perceptions of the public and police toward driving in boomtowns are examined and a number of initiatives to reduce traffic collisions are described.
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