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Traffic Fatalities Down in N.C.

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Highway Patrol reportsthat at least two people died in accidents on state roads over the NewYear's holiday, and that at least one of them was alcohol-related.

Total traffic figures have also been tallied for all of 1996. Trooperssay 1,434 people died on N.C. roads last year. That's down by nine from1995's total of 1,443 fatalities.