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Published November 18, 2009, 12:49 PM

ND Traffic Deaths Highest in Decades

Traffic fatalities in North Dakota are at their highest point in nearly three decades.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Traffic fatalities in North Dakota are at

their highest point in nearly three decades.

The Highway Patrol says 124 people have died on state highways,

with a month and a half left in the year. That surpasses the 2005

total of 123 and is approaching the 1982 fatality count of 148.

Last year, 104 people died on North Dakota highways. The total

was 111 in each of the previous two years.

Highway Patrol Lt. Jody Skogen says the patrol is delaying some

training so that it can keep more squad cars on the roads between

now and the end of the year, to try to cut down on violations that

lead to crashes.

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