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Minnesota Hits 200 Traffic Deaths For The Year

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(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

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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