State Logs 3rd-Fewest Road Deaths Since 1924

State Logs 3rd-Fewest Road Deaths Since 1924 Photo: KSTP

January 04, 2018 10:54 AM

Preliminary data show 2017 was the third-least deadly year on Minnesota roads since 1924.

According to the state Department of Public Safety, the 348 fatalities reported last year represented the lowest total since 1943, when there were 274, and 1926, when 326 people were killed. 


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The state has kept an official tally since 1910.

Of the 348 fatalities, 235 were in vehicles. Fifty-two were motorcyclists, as opposed to 53 reported in 2016. Thirty-eight were pedestrians, compared to 60 in 2016. Six bicyclists were killed in 2017. Seventeen died in what the DPS says in a release were “other vehicles.”  

The highest number of fatalities in 2017 by month came in June, when 41 people were killed. The lowest was November, when 18 died. 

The public safety department says 98 were alcohol-related deaths, 16 were due to distracted driving, 82 were speed-related and 80 people died because they were not wearing seat belts.


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