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Report: Highway deaths down nationwide

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Federal transportation officials say we may be on pace to break last year's traffic fatality record.

According to estimates from the Transportation Department, 14,996 people died in vehicle crashes in the first six months of 2010. That's down from 16,509 deaths during the first half of 2009.

Traffic fatalities declined nearly 10 percent in 2009, with fewer than 34,000 over the entire year. That is the lowest number since 1950.

Auto safety experts attribute the declines to the economy, more motorists buckling up, and better safety technology in new cars.

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