Highway deaths on the rise in Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. — The number of fatal crashes on Kansas Highways has jumped from this same time period last year.

Preliminary numbers show there were 154 deadly accidents in the first 6 months of 2013. This year there have been 184.

Trooper Tod Hileman says distracted driving is causing a big problem.

"We need to get people, especially in this day and age, off their cell phones," said Hileman.

Hileman said another problem is that some people are still not wearing seat belts. He said if you are ejected from the car, you are four times more likely to die in the crash.

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