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Fatal crashes in South Dakota up 60 percent over last year

RAPID CITY (AP) -- This year is shaping up to be a deadly one for drivers on South Dakota's roadways. The Rapid City Journal reports that there have been 42 motor vehicle fatalities in the state so far in 2018, a 60 percent increase over the same...

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RAPID CITY (AP) - This year is shaping up to be a deadly one for drivers on South Dakota's roadways.

The Rapid City Journal reports that there have been 42 motor vehicle fatalities in the state so far in 2018, a 60 percent increase over the same period in 2017.

State officials say a lot of the fatalities have involved people not wearing seat belts. Speed and alcohol also continue to be major factors.

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