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Published January 16, 2014, 09:48 AM

ND Patrol says 148 people died on roads in 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Preliminary numbers released by the North Dakota Highway Patrol show that 148 people died on roadways in 2013, compared with 170 killed the year before.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Preliminary numbers released by the North Dakota Highway Patrol show that 148 people died on roadways in 2013, compared with 170 killed the year before.

The patrol says 46 percent of the fatal crashes involved alcohol, and 59 percent of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Troopers made 1,936 DUI arrests and issued 8,787 seat belt citations in 2013.

The patrol says troopers worked more than 14,000 overtime hours, including a special enforcement effort on Nov. 27 when all available officers were on duty.

Col. Jim Prochniak (PRAWK'-nee-ack) says troopers held 386 safety presentations around the state in 2013. He says lives can be saved "by driving defensively, sober and with seat belts fastened."


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