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Traffic fatalities higher in North Dakota than rest of the country

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+

Road fatalities in the United States as a whole are down 23% percent since 2005.  The states of North Dakota (24.3%), Wyoming (21.3%), and Montana (20.4%) have the highest rate of deaths per billion miles traveled. North Dakota’s 4 percent increase is largely due to the state’s recent population and oil boom in the western part of the state. Since 2005 North Dakota’s population has grown by 26 percent.

MSN news reports:

“Measured by the number of deaths in relation to state population, drivers in North Dakota were more than 10 times likelier to die in a traffic accident in 2012 than those in the District of Columbia. North Dakota had a fatality-per-100,000​-population rate of 24.3, while in D.C. it was just 2.37 per 100,000 people. The national average was 10.69 deaths per 100,000.”

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