Traffic fatalities have continued a downward trend the last 3 years in Indiana. A provisional count shows 868 people died in traffic crashes this year. This figure compares to 938 killed in 2005 and 947 killed in 2004. Law enforcement officials believe the downward spiral can be attributed to more than one factor. Seat belt usage is up across Indiana, dedicated patrol efforts on high accident ratio roadways, education, and more median dividers erected on interstates to help prevent cross-over head-on collisions.