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Fewer People Died in Traffic Accidents in 2004 Than in 2003

Fewer People Died in Traffic Accidents in 2004 Than in 2003

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Despite heavier traffic, there were twelve fewer fatalities on Utah roads last year than in 2003.

The Utah Department of Transportation made the announcement yesterday.

U-D-O-T says in 2004, 297 people died in traffic accidents in Utah. In 2003, 309 people died.

They attribute the decrease to the difference to education, enforcement and engineering.

U-D-O-T spent more than 20-million dollars in safety improvements last year. They installed cable barriers, upgraded traffic signals, put up rumble strips and built additional passing lanes.

The Department of Public Safety and U-D-O-T also launched several education programs and focused on reducing D-U-I's and aggressive driving.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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