Six people suffered fatal personal injuries on North Carolina roadways over the New Year holiday weekend, according to preliminary statistics from the state Highway Patrol.
According to the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, 11 people died during the same period a year ago.
One fatal crash took place in each of Lee, Edgecombe, Beaufort, and Henderson counties this year. Two occurred in Brunswick County.
Officials said that three of the victims were not wearing their seat belts. Alcohol was suspected to have been a factor in the Edgecombe, Beaufort, and Henderson crashes.
Preliminary statistics show that in 2010, 968 people died on N.C. roadways. Of those 968, 85 were pedestrians, 11 were bicyclists, and 127 were motorcyclists. Alcohol use was suspected in 190 fatal crashes.