Bismarck – Traffic fatalities are up 40 percent this year in North Dakota compared to the same time, last year.
The Department of Transportation says so far 28 people have lost their lives on North Dakota roads this year.
At this time last year, 20 people were killed in accidents.
Alcohol-related fatal crashes are up 200 percent over last year from four to twelve.
And, accidents involving people not wearing their seat-belt is also up from five instances last year to already 16 this year.
KX News spoke with the DOT and it tells us the numbers are surprising.
“It’s hard to say if there’s a trend or not, you know with the summer traveling season coming up, we just encourage everyone to take that personal responsibility, a lot more people are gonna be on the roads, so there’s going to be more cars, and don’t drive distracted, wear your seatbelt is also a big thing.” Said Ashlee Doan, Safety Public Information Specialist: ND-DOT.
Last year, 105 people lost their lives on North Dakota Roads.
Vision Zero representatives say they would like to get that number down into the ’70s by 2022.