Jan 3, 2014 at 6:42 am
North Dakota’s fatality count dropped in 2013 but the 149 road deaths was still one of the highest on record. The 2012 count of 170 deaths set the new modern day fatality mark. Highway patrol sgt-tom Iverson says with more people driving and more cars on the road it’s getting harder to drive those numbers down.
iverson says alcohol was a factor in 40-percent of the fatal crashes in 2013 – down from 52-percent in 2012.
Over one-half of last year’s fatal accidents occurred in the northwest region of the state. There were 17 deaths in the northeast district.