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Statistics show deadly crashes are on the rise across Rhode Island.

WPRI-TV reports that the state Department of Transportation says 61 people died on Rhode Island roads between January and September of this year. That's a 50 percent increase from 2016, when 41 people died over the same time span.

Of those who died in 2017, a majority were occupants of motor vehicles.

Transportation officials say they are hoping to decrease the chance of fatalities through an annual media campaign.

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