ND Fatals Climb
With over a month to go North Dakota has already surpassed last year’s highway fatality count. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says four deaths over the Thanksgiving holiday period pushed the year-to-date tally to 150. Last year’s 148 road deaths was a modern record for the state. H-P Sergeant Tom Iverson says the argument can be made that as more drivers fill the roads and vehicle miles climb the number of accidents will only go up. However Iverson says public compliance with laws would go a long way in bringing the numbers down. According to the NDHP 50-percent of the fatal crashes are alcohol related.