- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Public safety officials in South Dakota say no roadway fatalities were reported in the state during the Memorial Day weekend.

Lee Axdahl is director of the state’s Office of Highway Safety. He tells South Dakota Public Broadcasting (https://bit.ly/1Usj0Te ) that public safety officials in the state always head into the long weekend with their “fingers crossed, and this year that worked.”

The South Dakota Highway Patrol registered four motor vehicle fatalities during the Memorial Day weekend last year. In 2014, six fatalities were tallied during the same weekend.

Public safety officials say more vehicles than usual can be found on South Dakota roads during the Memorial Day weekend because of the holiday and the fact that some consider it the official start of the summer.

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