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North Dakota Ranks Low in Highway Safety

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All those semi trucks on North Dakota highways might make other drivers nervous. But a new study from an advocacy group in Washington says those semis might be the least of your worries.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety say North Dakota has some of the worst highway safety laws. The report says the state should require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, have stricter teen driving and seat belt laws. But the Highway Patrol says it's all up to the drivers.

"We are the solution as the motorists out on the roadway. We choose to drive the way we do. If you choose not to wear your seatbelt, that is your own decision. So, in law enforcement, we partner with the public," says Sgt. Tom Iverson, North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Iverson says the number of traffic fatalities went down last year, but 2012 was a record high year.

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