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South Dakota sees a spike in highway deaths

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DAKOTA DUNES, SD (KTIV) -

We are only in the month of February and South Dakota has already seen a spike in highway fatalities.  

This time last year, South Dakota had 13 highway fatalities.

This year, 24 people have died.

So, why are there nearly twice the fatalities?

"The common thread on most of this is overdriving road conditions. We have had, as most people know, some weather events roll through here the past few weeks that have created some difficult roadway conditions for people to navigate," said Lee Axdahl, Director of South Dakota Highway Safety.

Officials say that they want people to pay attention to what is happening on the road and to wear a seatbelt.

Nearly half of the fatalities this year have been due to not wearing a seatbelt.

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