Traffic deaths down significantly compared to a year ago

PIERRE, S.D. (DRG News) – Seven months into 2019 and current statistics show there’s been about half the number of fatal traffic accidents in South Dakota as there were last year at this time.

South Dakota Office of Highway Safety director Lee Axdahl says so far there have been 35 fatal crashes and 38 deaths this year compared to 56 fatal crashes and 71 deaths at this point last year.

Axdahl says there’s been a significant decrease in the number of alcohol and speed related fatalities.

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