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Traffic fatalities decrease sharply

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports the number of overall traffic fatalities reported in 2008 hit their lowest level since 1961, and that fatalities in the first three months of 2009 continue to decrease.

The fatality rate, which accounts for variables like fewer miles traveled, also reached the lowest level ever recorded.

The fatality data for 2008 placed the national highway death count at 37,261, a drop of 9.7 percent from 2007.

From 2007 to 2008, Mississippi’s total fatalities dropped 11 percent from 884 to 783. That was 19th best among all states.


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