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Highway deaths down over New Year's holiday

Posted January 5, 2011 4:29 p.m. EST

— Six people died on North Carolina highways over the New Year's Day holiday compared with 11 a year ago, the Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

Single-fatality crashes occurred in Lee, Edgecombe, Beaufort and Henderson counties, and two fatalities occurred in Brunswick County, authorities said.

Three of the victims weren't wearing seat belts, and authorities suspect that alcohol was a factor in three of the wrecks.

Preliminary statistics show that there were 968 traffic fatalities on North Carolina highways in 2010, including 85 pedestrians, 11 bicyclists and 127 motorcyclists, authorities said.