Traffic accidents increase 17 percent in Lake Charles
Over the past year, accidents in Lake Charles have gone up by 17 percent, according to Lake Charles Police. From January - August 2014 police have records of 2,588 accidents. From January - August 2015 they have records of 3,017.
"The industries that are coming in, the businesses and the jobs that have come to Lake Charles, more and more people are coming in because of these and we're just seeing more cars than we've every seen before in the history here at the police department," said Major Gordon Fontenot with Lake Charles Police.
Lake Charles Police report two fatalities in 2014 between the months of January and August and seven during the same time this year.
"Four of those this year have been auto-pedestrians, two of them were vehicle on vehicle, and one of them was an accident, which was a motorcycle that struck at tree, so we do have a very significant increase in fatalities this year," said Fontenot.
Lake Area residents may have noticed an increase in their auto insurance rates.
"We have seen, last two years, rates increase quite a bit. Liability premiums have gone up easily 25, 30 percent I would say," said Tommy Curtis with Curtis Insurance.
Curtis says there are multiple factors in insurance rates, including traffic and the size of the area, and with a growing community, insurance rates could continue to rise.
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