The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety says the weekend highway death count of six people killed in five separate crashes on Maine roads is rare. 

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Director Lauren Stewart said most troubling was that five of the six killed were not wearing their seat belts.  Stewart said seat belts is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent injury and ejection in a motor vehicle crash.

She said Maine highway death numbers had been running behind last year, until this weekend.

Stewart said 129 people have been killed on Maine roads, as of today. That compares with 128 highway deaths, as of this date a year ago.   She said 14 people were killed on Maine roads during October,  and the November death count now stands at 11.