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Minnesota tops 300 traffic deaths in 2021; earliest in year since 2007

Minnesota tops 300 traffic deaths in 2021; earliest in year since 2007 Photo: MGN Images.

Gracie Stockton
Updated: August 30, 2021 05:39 PM
Created: August 30, 2021 05:33 PM

Minnesota has surpassed 300 traffic fatalities in 2021, the fastest the state has reached that benchmark since 2007. 

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, 303 people have died since Jan. 1 on Minnesota roads compared to 240 in 2020 by this time. 

The state reached 300 traffic deaths on Saturday. In 2007, the state hit 300 on Aug. 7. The year has been particularly deadly for speed-related deaths and unbelted motorist deaths; there have been 132% more speed-related and about 7% more unbelted deaths compared with this time in 2020. 

Sixty-four motorcyclists have perished, up 18 from last year, and 45 pedestrians have died, up 19 from 2020. Alcohol-related deaths, though, are down 14 from this time last year. Minnesota reached 300 traffic deaths on Oct. 5 last year, 39 days later than in 2021. 


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