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Traffic-related deaths drop in December


OKLAHOMA CITY—While December tends to be a dangerous month for drivers, officials say last year was better than the past.

Department of Public Safety officials say 33 people died on Oklahoma roads in Dec. 2012.

That’s a drop from 46 in the same month the previous year.

In 2012, one motorcyclist and two pedestrians were killed in December traffic crashes.

Authorities report one fatality crash was alcohol-related and one victim was under the age of 21.

There was one common factor in many of the accidents; 45 percent of those who died were not wearing safety belts.

The state’s driving statistics continue to improve in 2013.

So far this year, there are fewer fatalities compared to the same period of time last year.