Somber Benchmark Reached In Traffic Fatalities

Somber Benchmark Reached In Traffic Fatalities Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

Aug 9, 2017 at 4:09 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A somber benchmark has been reached in tracking traffic fatalities on Minnesota roads.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the state surpassed 200 road fatalities over the weekend.

The benchmark was reached about two weeks later this year than in 2016.

The 203 fatalities include 144 motor vehicle occupants, 32 motorcyclists, 20 pedestrians, one bicyclist and six occupants of other types of vehicles.

Safety officials say four main factors continue to contribute to the loss of life; alcohol, speed, not wearing a seat belt and distracted driving.

The gender breakdown shows 73 percent of the fatalities so far this year are male, and 27 percent female.

392 people were killed in traffic crashes on Minnesota roads in 2016. 

As alcohol continues to be a leading cause of traffic fatalities, law enforcement will be ramping up patrols to get impaired drivers off the roads from August 18 through September 3, Labor Day weekend.


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