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2013 Vermont highway fatalities down over 2012 to 69

The 2013 figure compares with 77 people killed in 2012, but it's still higher than the 54 people who died on the state's roadways in 2011. (The Trucker file photo)

The Associated Press

1/7/2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Statistics show the number of people killed on Vermont highways dropped to 69 last year, a decrease of about 10 percent from the year before.

The 2013 figure compares with 77 people killed in 2012, but it's still higher than the 54 people who died on the state's roadways in 2011.

The statistics show that nine drivers who were killed were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, three under the influence of drugs, and seven under the influence of both.

Of the total, 24 weren't wearing seat belts.

Ted Minall, chief of the Governor's Highway Safety Program, tells the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/19X6vJZ ) that despite the spike in fatalities in 2012, the 10-year average is going down.

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