Statistics show barriers save lives

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Statistics show a significant drop in deaths from crossover accidents since cable barriers were installed in strategic locations in Oklahoma.

So far this year there have been six fatal crashes from cars crossing medians but none in areas where cable barriers were constructed.

Crossover accidents have claimed more than 30 lives in some years in Oklahoma.

The figures were discussed at a meeting Tuesday of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission.

Oklahoma in 2001 became the first state to put up cable barriers instead of traditional concrete structures on divided highways.

Cable barriers have been widely used in Europe for years and now are being used in several states.

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