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December was busy for crashes in southeastern North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — The Highway Patrol says troopers in December responded to more than 200 vehicle crashes in southeastern North Dakota, a dramatic increase from the five-year average.

The patrol says 178 crashes caused property damage and 31 resulted in injuries. There were no fatal accidents. There were 129 accidents on Interstate 94 in the Fargo area, between the Red River bridge and Interstate 29 on the west edge of Fargo.

The patrol says the 15-county area has averaged 110 crashes in December over the past five years.

Troopers say motorists are driving too fast for conditions, accelerating too quickly while merging into traffic, following too closely and using their cruise control.

The 15-county region includes Traill, Cass, Richland, Steele, Barnes, Ransom, Sargent, Griggs, Stutsman, LaMoure, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Logan and McIntosh counties.

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