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The streets of Williston are congested with traffic on April 24, 2012.

Dalrymple: Caution urged during North Dakota's largest road construction season ever

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WATFORD CITY -- I seriously considered phoning this assignment in.

I feared that driving from Williston to Watford City in heavy rain Thursday on a deadly stretch of Oil Patch highway to a press conference on road safety might make me another statistic.

But with 48 traffic fatalities so far this year -- 12 of those in McKenzie County -- there is no topic that deserves more news coverage in western North Dakota than highway safety.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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