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Large Highways Safer Than Smaller Roads

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RALEIGH — Four-lane highways are significantly safer than two-lane roads, in spiteof higher speed limits and heavier traffic, statistics show.

Three of four people who die in car crashes are killed on two-lane roads,not the multi-lane superhighways, according to the Road InformationProgram.

State troopers say that the figures are not surprising. Sgt. JeffWinstead of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says big highways are saferthan two-lane roads for a number of reasons.

Four-lane roads are also safer because motorists can always aim for thepaved shoulders of big highways in an emergency. On smaller roads, onemove off of the pavement can be deadly.

In spite of the statitistics, troopers say that most accidents are causedby human error, and safer roads will not save motorists who don't usecommon sense behind the wheel.

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