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2014 Safest Highway Year in Decades

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine state police say 2014 remains the safest year on Maine highways since World War II despite finalized data that show a slightly higher total of highway fatalities than initially believed.

    State police spokesman Steve McCausland says 131 people died in highway traffic crashes last year. State police said in late December they believed the number was 128, but have since revised it. State fatal crash data for the year is not finalized and made official until late January.

    McCausland says 131 is the lowest number of highway crash deaths since 1944. He says the two safest prior years were 2011 and 1959. Both of those years had 136 highway traffic crash deaths.