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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — This year is shaping up to be a deadly one for drivers on South Dakota’s roadways.

The Rapid City Journal reports that there have been 42 motor vehicle fatalities in the state so far in 2018, a 60 percent increase over the same period in 2017.

State officials say a lot of the fatalities have involved people not wearing seat belts. Speed and alcohol also continue to be major factors.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com