BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says traffic fatalities dropped by 29 percent between 2007 and 2013.

Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, the commission’s executive director, said the state had 993 traffic fatalities in 2007, compared with 703 in 2013, a drop of almost 30 percent.

The decrease stems from tougher impaired driving and seat belt laws, more robust law enforcement and public information campaigns on the causes of traffic accidents, LeBlanc said.

Roadway fatalities fell 2.9 percent from 2012 to 2013, when 651 died.

Impaired driving and lack of seat belts were the chief culprits.

The figures were compiled for the 2013 Louisiana


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