BISMARCK — A total of 100 people died in motor vehicle crashes in North Dakota in 2019, a decrease of five fatalities from 2018.

That's according to final crash numbers released by the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The 100 crash fatalities in 2019 was the lowest number of fatalities in 15 years. There were also 100 motor vehicle fatalities in 2004, according to NDDOT records.

"Traffic fatalities have been on a downward trend since 2012," said NDDOT Director Bill Panos, who added that state officials continue to work toward a goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.

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