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Figures show road fatalities in Vermont went down in 2019

January 9, 2020 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The number of fatalities on the Vermont roadways went down by about 30% in 2019, according to state figures.

Vermont State Police and the Vermont Agency of Transportation released figures that show the tentative number of deaths on the state’s roads in 2019 was 47, down from 69 in 2018, the Times Argus reported.

But state officials are not sure what to attribute the decrease in road fatalities to.

Lt. Tara Thomas, commander of safety programs for the Vermont State Police, said the reduction was “unexplainable.”

Thomas said that 47 deaths are still too many deaths for state police.

“We wish we knew what the formula was to keep the numbers down. 47 is still too many for the state police. That’s 47 families that don’t have a loved one with them, so in our eyes, it’s still high. We’re averaging just way too many each month,” she said.

The 47 deaths resulted from 44 crashes last year. The figure is tentative because if someone dies as a result of injuries from a 2019 crash within the first 30 days of 2020, that person’s death would be added to the list of fatalities from 2019.

Vermont also had no fatal crashes reported in the state on any of the holidays last year.