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Number of Fatal Accidents Down in Washington

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Washington State Troopers released new numbers about fatal car accidents.  It's good news, they're down significantly statewide.

During the first three months of 2009, there have been 17 fewer deaths from car accidents than this same time last year.  In the Tri-Cities, there's also seen a drop.  Lt. Jay Cabezuela says there has been only one so far this year, compared to five last year. 

Lt. Cabezuela says the number of fatal accidents has been dropping over the past few years.  He explains, "It has been dropping over the last 8 years steadily.  This year, we are seeing a huge decrease.  That's a trend we really want to continue, going from 5 at this point last year, to one this year, is great news."

He also cautions there are typically more traffic deaths in the summer, when more people are out driving.  He says the leading cause of most accidents is either speeding, driving under the influence, or not wearing your seat-belt.