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South Dakota on track for lowest traffic fatalities

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said Tuesday, Jan. 28, that the state is projected to have recorded the lowest number of motor vehicle fatalities in state history in 2019.

So far, 102 roadway fatalities have been recorded for 2019. Since the department began keeping records in 1947, the previous low was 111 fatalities in 2011, according to a release.

DPS Secretary Craig Price announced the preliminary numbers during today’s presentation at the House Transportation Committee meeting. While final numbers may still change, officials believe the 2019 final numbers will establish a new record low.

“We are encouraged to see our safety messages and enforcement efforts having a big impact across South Dakota,” Price said in the release. “Alongside this good news, though, we remember that even one roadway death is too many.”

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In 2018, the state recorded 130 fatalities.

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