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Highway Traffic Safety Study

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WASHINGTON - Washington and Oregon ranked high on a highway safety study.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Group released the study Monday.  They rated each state on its traffic safety measures like seat belt use, impaired driving and child booster seat use.

The group reports that more than 43-thousand lives were lost in traffic related accidents in 2005 nationwide.

Washington Troopers said are cracking down on violations and report that more people are wearing their seat belts.

Washington Trooper David Brandt said, "Driving under the influence is still a problem.  Troopers and city officers in the state of Washington are doing a lot more enforcement and really getting a lot more aggressive with speeding on the roads."

No state received a perfect rating in the study but Delaware, Hawaii and Kentucky were among the best rated while Arizona, South Dakota and Wyoming were among the worst.