The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says traffic deaths in the state last year dropped to their lowest level since Louisiana State University started reporting such data in 1984.

The recently completed Louisiana Annual Traffic Records Data Report shows that 720 people were killed and 68,700 were injured in crashes in 2010.

Last year was the third consecutive year that deaths declined on Louisiana’s roads. Last year’s fatalities dropped 12.6 percent from the previous year’s count of 824. Injuries dropped 6.9 percent from the 2009 total of 73,900.

Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, says Louisiana’s 2010 traffic fatalities represent a steep decline of 273 deaths since the state reached its record high fatality rate of 993 in 2007.

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