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County traffic fatalities cut in half

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St. Croix County saw a dramatic drop in the number of traffic deaths in 2010 compared with previous years.

The sheriff's department recorded six fatalities on county roadways compared with 12 in 2009. It was the lowest number of traffic deaths in the county since 1979 when five people were killed.

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"There are a lot of contributing factors to the drop in fatalities, not the least of which is the number of patrols we have been able to put on the road," Sheriff John Shilts said.

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