2014 IS OFF TO A BLOODY START ON SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAYS.
THE HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS THAT 24 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN CRASHES ON SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAYS DURING THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF 2014, AND HALF OF THE VICTIMS WERE NOT WEARING SEATBELTS.
A YEAR AGO ON THIS DATE, 13 HIGHWAY FATALITIES HAD BEEN RECORDED IN THE STATE.
LEE AXDAHL, DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY, SAYS ALCOHOL AND SPEEDING OR OVERDRIVING ROAD CONDITIONS IN BAD WEATHER CONTRIBUTED TO SEVERAL OF THE RECENT CRASHES.
TWELVE OF THE VICTIMS WERE NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT.
AXDAHL CALLS THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES ON THE ROADS ALREADY THIS YEAR “ALARMING”.
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