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Traffic Deaths in Maryland Fell to 66-year Low Last Year


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC/AP)- Maryland officials say traffic deaths have hit a 66-year low in the state.

Transportation officials said at a news conference Tuesday that traffic deaths in Maryland fell to 442 last year. That's the lowest amount of traffic deaths in the state since 1948.

The year with the most traffic deaths was 1968, with 872 fatalities.

Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn attributed the drop to targeted enforcement on the roads and laws aimed at impaired and distracted driving and increase seat belt and motorcycle helmet usage. Officials also cite technological advances in lifesaving medical care.

"This historically low number of traffic fatalities means we truly can make a difference when we work together to save lives," Rahn said.

“The fewest killed on Maryland's highways in 66 years—it's a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations and thanks to all who contributed including the police, the state and local agencies, the legislators and advocacy groups,” said AAA Mid-Atlantic's Managing Director Anderson, who also was part of the news conference.

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