DEDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — There have been nearly 50 crashes and six fatalities since January along Route 1A, a major loop route that stretches from Brewer to Ellsworth.

Over the past 10 years, the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) has installed centerline rumble strips to help keep drivers safe, but residents say that is not enough.

Officials say high speeds, triple lanes and distracted drivers are the leading cause of crashes on Rte. 1A.

One of the most notorious crash sites is in Dedham, but according to MDOT standards, it is still not considered a high-crash location.

In order to be classified as one, that section of the road must harbor eight crashes in a three-year period and have a critical rate factor above one.

The Dedham fire chief said it is one thing to look at the numbers from a distance, and another to witness it first-hand.

Chief Shane thinks that stronger communication is the first step to making roads safer, and the MDOT said they're more than willing to make that happen.