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Traffic Deaths On The Rise -- What's Really To Blame?

August 20, 2015

By Bill Visnic

The National Safety Council reported this week that traffic deaths and serious injuries in the U.S. are on a pace to rise for the first time in nearly a decade. If the trend for the first six months of this year continues, the NSC says traffic fatalities in the nation will exceed 40,000 for the first time since 2007 and deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled also will increase.

This despite evermore crash worthy cars and high-tech electronic safety features.

The “speed kills” coalition will blame the trend reversal on many states’ recent moves to higher highway speed limits, but the real culprits, suggests NSC president Deborah Hershman to the Associated Press, are low fuel prices and – get ready for it – cellphone mania.


Photo: AP

To be sure, Hershman says, Americans are on the road more than ever; miles driven in the U.S. increased for 15 consecutive months through May and set an all-time record for travel in the first five months of the year at 1.26 trillion miles, a record that stood since 2007. But, the 3.4% increase in miles traveled doesn’t square with the 14% jump in fatalities for the first half of this year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a prominent page on its website that says “states continue to raise speed limits despite clear evidence that doing so leads to more deaths” – an assertion that considerable data and many experts have suggested is specious. Instead, cellphone use likely has a more direct link to the new rise in traffic fatalities and injuries. An NSC study earlier this year indicated cellphone use is a factor in one quarter of all accidents.


Rural interstate speed limits by state. (Courtesy Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)


Where in the U.S. Are You Most Likely to Die in a Car Crash?

Challenger Hellcat Wrecked

The world is becoming a safer place in terms of dying while driving. From 2005 to 2013, traffic deaths in the U.S. dropped from 39,000 down to 30,000. But 82 people a day, on average, are still suffering fatal injuries behind the wheel — and a new report shows where those deaths are most likely to happen.

RELATED: Where Reckless Driving Costs You Big Bucks

Deadliest car crash counties graphic

So, the stars may be bright down in Texas, but the driving isn’t. Three of the top 5 most fatal accidents take place in three Lone Star state counties. According to the, the deadliest county in the U.S. for traffic accidents is Kenedy County, Texas. The study said, “Kenedy County, is home to just over 400 residents, according the latest census – but 43 fatal crashes have taken place there over the last 20 years, resulting in a staggering per capita rate.”

Rounding out the Top 5 deadliest counties are: Esmerelda County, Nevada; Hudspeth County, Texas; Clark County, Indiana; and, Oldham County, Texas.

RELATED: Paul Walker and Celebrity Porsche Crashes

safest crash counties graphic

But where is the safest county in the US? It’s a freaking island otherwise known as the playground of the rich and famous: Nantucket County, which is basically the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts. It helps that this bucolic setting has no highways.

Here are the rest of the Top 5 safest counties in the United States: Arlington County, Virginia (probably thanks to non-stop traffic congestion); Broomfield County, Colorado; Bronx County, New York; and Bristol County, Massachusetts. As AutoInsuranceCenter.comnotes, “The Bronx, one of New York City’s boroughs, may seem an unlikely inclusion in the top 5, given the city’s ruthless driving reputation. But no matter New Yorkers’ proclivity for fender benders, city driving often precludes deathly speeds.”

Having driven many times in The Bronx, it amazes me it’s the fourth safest county in the country. Apparently the crashes can be spectacular, but there just aren’t enough of them. By the way, wondering what the safest state is? Massachusetts. Apparently, all that congestion around Boston makes it a place where you crash but you don’t die. Interesting.


Haskell County EMS added additional personnel.  We welcome Tom Hogan, Paramedic and Julie Talbert, Paramedic to the service.  They along with Lloyd Dinkel will be working 48 hours on and 96 hours off, giving us advanced life support service care 24 hours a day 365 days a year.    Along with Josie Molina working 8am - 5pm Monday-Friday with volunteers coving after that.  Haskell County EMS is now able to provide service to Satanta Hospital, St. Catherine Hospital, and Southwest Medical Center.  Location of patient is dependant on pt. chose and pt's medical condition.  If you have questions on our service we can provide you, please don't hesitate to call us.  

Flu Season

  • Signs and Symptoms of the flu:                              

o    Sore Throat

o    Cough

o    Runny Nose

o    Muscle and Body Aches

o    Headaches

o    Fatigue (tiredness)

o    Possible vomiting and diarrhea

·        The Flu can be spread to people up to six feet away.  The flu travels in droplets when people sneeze, cough, or talk.

·        Healthy adults can infect people 1 day before showing symptoms and 5-7 days after becoming sick

Best Preventative care the FLU SHOT!!!


Get your flu shot at your healthcare provider, Sublette and Satanta Clinics, or the Haskell County Health Department.

With the recent threat of Ebola we have included the following information:

  • Signs and Symptoms of Ebola
    • Fever
    • Severe Headache
    • Muscle Pain
    • Weakness
    • Vomiting
    • Abdominal (stomach) Pain
    • Diarrhea
  • Symptoms generally appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure, but average is 8 to 10 days.

To contract Ebola you must come in physical contact with a person that is experiencing signs and symptoms at the time.  You can contract it by contact with human skin, blood, body fluids, or any clothing or bedding the infected person used.    

Please keep in mind the only people that have been infected by the Ebola Virus in the United States are healthcare workers who came in contact with an infected person, who was infected in Africa.    

At this time there is no need to panic!!!  

How to Determine if it is Flu vs. Ebola


Dr. Craig Spencer, of New York, was diagnosed with Ebola after complaining of a fever that reached a 100.3° F fever.  Even though this case was diagnosed in the United States it is a very key piece of information to know that Dr. Spencer had recently returned from West Africa where he was treating people for Ebola.  Dr. Spencer did spend some time out of his apartment while he may have been experiencing signs and symptoms, but at this time Dr. Spencer is in isolation in New York and three other people that had close contact are under observation.  

Kansas gets regional air ambulance in hospital partnership

By Brett Riggs
The Garden City Telegram

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — A Newton-based critical care ambulance service has partnered with St. Catherine Hospital to provide ground and air medical transport services for critically ill and injured patients in southwest Kansas.

As of Monday, LifeTeam is now providing a fixed-wing airplane and ground ambulance to transport patients to facilities outside the region that can provide tertiary care, such as a trauma center, cardiac cath lab or a facility that features a stroke team.

The plane, an all-weather, pressurized Beechcraft King Air C90 turboprop, will be based at Garden City Regional Airport. Its crew will be housed nearby and will be on “ready alert” 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to a press release from LifeTeam. The ground ambulance also will be stationed at the airport, where it will be used to transport patients from the hospital to the airport.

“From its inception, LifeTeam was designed to serve as a healthcare provider, utilizing air and ground vehicles in its practice of transport medicine,” Dr. Martin Sellberg, medical director and CEO of LifeTeam, said in a press release announcing the partnership. “This patient focus is present in every aspect of safely transporting patients to specialty care, and we look forward to bringing our resources to the region.”

LifeTeam also plans to station a 206 Longranger helicopter at St. Catherine Hospital, starting in early 2015.

“We are excited about our new relationship with LifeTeam,” ScottTaylor, president and CEO of St. Catherine, said in the press release. “They bring western Kansas a total solution: ground, fixed-wing and rotor-wing medical transport.”

It will not be the first time St. Catherine has had a helicopter stationed at the hospital. There is a helipad adjacent to the emergency room entrance on the northeast corner of the hospital campus that allows for landings and takeoffs.

Under a previous partnership with EagleMed, a Eurocopter A-StarAS350-B2 transported critically ill and injured patients to and from St.Catherine. But EagleMed discontinued the hospital-based helicopter crew in October 2013, citing a low volume of patient transports as the reason.

After the departure of the helicopter, EagleMed continued to provide emergency air service with its fixed-wing plane out of Garden City Regional Airport. Local EMS would transport patients to the airport, and EagleMed’s plane would transport them to another facility.

According to the press release announcing the new partnership, Life Team’s focus is to work with EMS agencies and hospitals throughout the area to “enhance and expedite patient care in rural communities when needed.”

“Our flight service is a very different model from most of the flight services across the country,” said Missi Knott, chief operating officer for LifeTeam. “The owners of our company are both emergency medicine physicians and pilots, which give them a unique understanding of every aspect of the mission. We see ourselves first and foremost as a medical service, secondly as an aviation service. We do whatever we can to help the patient and to put the patient first.”

In addition to the patient transport services, LifeTeam also offers a membership program that provides prepaid protection against the cost of a LifeTeam air transport, which may exceed insurance or medical benefits. For members, the company waives all out-of-pocket costs for the transport. Patients with current memberships from other providers also would be covered.

For more information about the membership program, contact Courtney Bachrodt at (316) 281-8718, or visit

LifeTeam also operates emergency transport aircraft from Dodge City ,Emporia, Hutchinson and Liberal, as well as McCook and Grand Island, Neb. The company also provides ground transport in Wichita and Newton.