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Arkansas Reflecting National Trends in Declining Number of Traffic Fatalities

AUGUST 11, 2004 - Posted at 7:27 a.m. CDT

 

WASHINGTON - National figures show that the number of people killed and injured on highways is going down, and the trend is true for Arkansas, too.  According to federal figures, 627 people were killed on Arkansas highways in 2003.  The figure is down two percent from the previous year.

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta says the national figure of 42,643 deaths was down just under one percent from 2002.

Regulators credit increased seat belt use and a drop in the number of accidents involving drunken drivers.  An agency representing state safety officials say 42,000 deaths is still too many.

Deaths in motorcycle accidents rose for the sixth year in a row nationally.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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