POSTED: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 9:28pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 3:41pm
EL PASO, TX — Yesterday's deadly accident brings the total number of traffic related deaths to five. Three of those are because of speeding.
"Sometimes we know, sometimes we don't know why they were speeding to begin with all we can say is that if they would've slowed down they'd still be here today," said Angelica Becerra, with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
The number of traffic deaths in El Paso County has almost doubled compared to the first half of last year. The sheriff's office cannot say why the numbers are climbing. Some people think the higher speed limit at the outskirts of El Paso County have something to do with it.TXDOT and the Texas Transportation Commission increased the speed limit to 75 this past January.
"Everyone knows this area you know you can just gun this area, there's no police officers," said Juan Sanchez, a Clint resident. People don't respect the speed limit. They see that they can go a little faster and u know once they see they can go a little bit faster ."
He thinks that the raising the speed limit might help people get to work faster, but at the same time creating opportunity for more accidents.
"People don't normally go that fast and if they have to accelerate at a higher speed in a short amount of distance thane they're obviously gonna go faster and it just causes accidents I guess," said Eric Hernandez, an East El Paso resident.