Maryland traffic deaths fall

Maryland traffic deaths fell to 466 in 2013, the lowest number since the 461 recorded in 1961, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office announced Friday.

The 2013 decrease — based on preliminary figures — represents the resumption of a long-term trend of fewer fatalities on state roads after deaths spiked to 511 last year — a bad year on the roads nationwide. Except for 2012, Maryland's traffic fatalities have fallen steadily from the 651 recorded in 2006, reflecting a national trend attributed in large part to improved vehicle design.

O'Malley pointed to new state laws, including ones addressing texting while driving and seat belt use, as examples of initiatives he has supported to make Maryland roads safer.

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