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New Year’s weekend traffic fatalities down from last year; Two in Brunswick Co.

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RALEIGH, NC (WSOC-TV) - Six people died on North Carolina roadways during the New Year holiday weekend, according to preliminary statistics from the state Highway Patrol.

Last year, 11 people died during the same time period, the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety said.

A fatal crash happened in Lee, Edgecombe, Beaufort and Henderson counties this year. Two happened in Brunswick County.

Three of the victims were not wearing seat belts, officials said. The crashes in Edgecombe, Beaufort and Henderson counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Preliminary statistics show that 968 people died on North Carolina roadways in 2010. Of those deaths, 85 were pedestrians, 11 were bicyclists and 127 were motorcyclists, while the others were in vehicles. Alcohol use was suspected in 190 fatal crashes, officials said.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol by dialing *hp or *47. Callers should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

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