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Devon and Cornwall road fatalities up 55% in a year

The number of people killed on Devon and Cornwall's roads has gone up by about 55% in a year, police say.

Devon and Cornwall Police figures showed road fatalities increased to 66 in 2012, up from 42 in 2011.

In Devon, there were 41 deaths in 2012, compared to 24 the previous year. Cornwall saw a rise from 18 to 25 during the same period.

Insp Richard Pryce, from the force, said it was "difficult to put it down to one particular thing".

He said: "We tend to focus on the main issues, such as not wearing a seatbelt, driving too fast, drink-driving and driver distractions, such as using a mobile phone while driving."

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