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Sheriff blames drinking, speed for road death spike

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The number of people killed on Pierce County roads has doubled in the last two years, and three weeks into 2008, the statistics are looking even worse.

The county reported 10 traffic fatalities in 2007 compared to five in 2006 and four in 2005. While these were the first fatalities of 2008, four people died on Pierce County roads this past weekend alone.

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