Minnesota Hits 200 Traffic Deaths For The Year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two hundred people have now died on Minnesota roads this year, but the Department of Public Safety says that’s actually down from the 244 deaths on the state’s roads at this time last year.

The figures released Tuesday include more than people who died in cars and trucks. The fatalities so far this year include 24 motorcyclists, 14 pedestrians and two bicyclists.

The department is now projecting that 362 people will die on the state’s roads this year. If that happens, it would be the lowest death toll on the state’s roads in more than 60 years.

In 2010, there were a total of 411 total road deaths. That was the lowest since 1944.

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  • Heidi

    200 – still to many. If everyone would keep their eyes on the road and off their cell phones and iPods – that number could be reduced even more.

  • Eric Bell

    Many variables could take credit, but an expansion in public transportation should take some credit. Of course more and better safety features in cars help, along with advances in treatment can take credit too, but I’m guessing a lot of those gains are negated by cell phone distractions.

  • mike

    Make a driver’s license exam that shows proficiency in automotive skill. Do not give cars to teenagers who are not ready to drive. It is easier to get a driver’s license than a gun, yet a 16 year old can do just as much damage. Technology use while driving is just one factor, eating, drinking, distractions by passengers, the list is endless. The motorcycle safety test is a good example of a proficiency test, not to mention the motorcycle safety course. Make it harder to get a driver’s license and you get better drivers.

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