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North Dakota Highway Patrol Releases 2013 Statistics

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The number of fatal accidents on North Dakota roads is down from the previous year, but DUI and drug arrests are up.

That's according to a summary from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

In 2013, there were 135 fatal crashes on roads throughout the state.

148 people died in those crashes.

Compare those numbers to 2012 when 170 people died in 147 fatal crashes.

Although that number is down slightly, troopers say anything above zero fatal accidents is too high.

Preliminary numbers show 59 percent of the victims were not wearing seatbelts and nearly half, 46 percent died in alcohol-related crashes.

Drivers in North Dakota do not appear to be slowing down on driving while impaired.

According to the Patrol, drug and alcohol-related arrests are up fo 2013, even with stricter DUI laws in place since July.

"I believe it's just a little too early to show the impact, probably by the end of 2014 we'll be able to see a real true impact and can really analyze the new law and see if it's had an affect on our arrests." says Sgt. Tom Iverson, North Dakota Highway Patrol Safety and Education Officer.

Troopers made more than 1,900 DUI arrests and 913 drug-related arrests last year.

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