Troopers Say Traffic Deaths Down Over New Years

The Highway Patrol says traffic deaths over the New Year's weekend were almost half of what they were a year before.

Troopers say there were six deaths from Friday through Sunday on North Carolina highways, compared to 11 last year. They say three of the crashes involved people not wearing seatbelts, while three were cases where victims were suspected of using alcohol.

People died in accidents in Beaufort, Brunswick, Edgecombe, Henderson and Lee counties.

Through December 31st, the Highway Patrol says preliminary numbers show 968 people were killed on the state's highways during 2010.

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