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Highway Patrol Plans Busy Wednesday

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Wednesday will be one of the biggest travel days of the year...

And if you take to the highways in North Dakota -- expect to see the Highway Patrol out with you.

Captain Gary Orluck with the HP says the directive has gone out for troopers to put down paperwork, and get on the roads tomorrow to be ready to respond.

Drivers in the Northwest part of the state should be especially careful.

Of the 137 people killed on the highways this year in the state, 73 have occurred in that region.

In fact, the 73 killed in the Northwest is more than the other three regions combined.

Orluck says the hope is people seeing the patrol out will lead to more aware, safer driving.

(Capt. Gary Orluck - ND Highway Patrol) "We like to call it the halo effect. If you see a trooper at least for a few minutes or half hour or hour after seeing a trooper, it is in their minds that yes, we are out there for a reason and we are visible and people need to obey the traffic laws. First of all not just for the threat of a ticket but because there is a lot of traffic out."

Traffic fatalities state-wide are actually down so far in 2013 compared to 2012.

Last year at this time there had been 154 deaths on the roadways in the state.

Again, there have been 137 fatalities so far in 2013...but a majority of those coming in our region.

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