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 final crash report for 2010 states there were 411 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads, marking a third consecutive annual drop in road fatalities.
The numbers are still preliminary, but the Minnesota State Patrol confirmed Wednesday that there were no fatal traffic crashes over the Memorial Day weekend.
A new website by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is geared towards lowering the number of traffic related deaths in Minnesota.
Public safety officials expect Minnesota’s 2010 traffic death toll to match 2009’s low count.
This Christmas weekend marked a milestone on Minnesota roads. For the first time in four years, there were no traffic deaths.
So far in 2010, 397 people have died in traffic crashes. That’s just three more than at this point last year, when final reports gave Minnesota a final total of 421 deaths making it the safest year since 1944.