12/7/2013 7:27 PM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - State police said the number of highway deaths in the Mountain State was expected to be the lowest since 2010.
Officials cite the decrease to more traffic patrols paid for by federal and state grant money.
292 people have died on West Virginia's highways so far this year, compared to 324 last year, 315 in 2011, and 294 in 2010.
Grant money went towards state police overtime pay to put more troopers on the roads. Officials said the money was doled out to coincide with highway safety campaigns during the holidays and other times when traffic volumes are higher.