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Editorial was off track

Dear Editor:The recent Aspen Times editorial titled “Speed kills on Killer 82” (Dec. 4) presents a conclusion that is inconsistent with prior findings. Dozens of research studies have indicated that four-lane highways produce fewer accidents than two-lane highways despite the higher speeds. The Aspen Times reported a 33 percent increase in accidents on Highway 82 from 2004 to 2005 but no increase in deaths.Since the number of deaths did not increase, the conclusion that more people are killed on the four-lane is just plain wrong. The assumption that the key issue is speed may also be wrong. The increase in accidents could be due to nastier weather in 2005 or to more cell phones in 2005. The HOV lane and the worm hole at the entrance to Aspen have increased the amount of road rage, and this may also influence the number of accidents.If we still had a two-lane highway, the number of accidents in 2005 could have been the same or even more than what was observed.Peter FreyBasalt


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