North Dakota ends 2019 with fewer than 100 traffic deaths

BISMARCK, ND (AP) - North Dakota officials say the state apparently ended 2019 with fewer than 100 traffic deaths. According to preliminary reports, North Dakota had 98 motor vehicle fatalities in 2019.

If that number remains unchanged, it would be the first time in 17 years that North Dakota recorded fewer than 100 traffic deaths in a year.

Gov. Doug Burgum thanked state agencies involved in the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative. Since the initiative was launched in 2018,

North Dakota has seen traffic deaths decline year-to-year. It will take up to 30 days to finalize the 2019 total as crash investigations are completed.