Created: 01/05/2014 3:37 PM
By: The Associated Press
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Fifteen people died last year in vehicle crashes in San Juan County.
The Farmington Daily Times reports that alcohol is believed to be a factor in seven of the deaths.
Alcohol played a factor in a greater percentage of San Juan County fatal crashes in 2013 than it did in such crashes throughout the state in past years.
San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen says alcohol-related fatal crashes have decreased in the county in the last 10 years, but drunken driving remains a problem.
U.S. Highway 550 south of Bloomfield had the most fatal crashes of any stretch of road in the county in 2013.
There were four fatal crashes on the highway last year. Police suspected alcohol was a factor in two of those crashes.
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