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Fatalities Up in Northwest North Dakota

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In the past few weeks we've reported several fatal accidents in the Minot and surrounding areas. Although the total fatality crashes in the state are down for 2013, the northwest region is up.

More people usually means more crashes. But, that's not the case statewide. Last week, the northwest region took a big hit with fatal accidents.

"And, a couple of those fatal crashes included people were more than one person. There were double fatalities," says Captain Gary Orluck, Highway Patrol.

According to North Dakota Highway Patrol, so far winter weather has not been the main factor in these recent crashes. But, every case is different.

If you take a look at the latest fatality numbers for the state, they may surprise you.  As of today, there have been 133 fatality victims in 2013 so far.  And, in 2012, there were a total of 147 fatal victims. That's a difference of 14.

Among those crashes in 2013, 70 people were not wearing their seat belts.

Although the total numbers of fatality crashes in the state are down for 2013, the numbers in the northwest region are up.

"Our fatality numbers in this region alone match what the other parts of the state have as well. The other three regions of North Dakota have 60 fatalities as of today and the northwest regions also have 60 fatalities just in our 11 county areas," says Orluck.

There have been 53 fatal victims solely related to alcohol in the state just for this year. While in 2012, there were a total of 79 fatal victims.

Drivers should not be afraid to travel in the northwest region of North Dakota. Orluck says you can still safely drive from point A to point B as long as you drive defensively.

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