With more than 3 weeks to go, deaths on Minnesota roads approaching 2017 total

With more than 3 weeks to go, deaths on Minnesota roads approaching 2017 total Photo: KSTP/Matt Belanger

December 07, 2018 02:08 PM

With more than three weeks still to go in 2018, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says fatalities on the state's roadways for the year are already approaching the total number in 2017.

A release Friday said that so far this year, 350 people have died in crashes on Minnesota roads. A total of 358 people were killed all of last year. At this time a year ago, the total stood at 333.


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Of the 350 deaths in 2018, preliminary numbers show at least 24 are known to be distraction-based, 95 were speed-related, 109 were alcohol-related and 83 were individuals not wearing their seat belts.

A total of 58 motorcyclists have died, 42 of whom were not wearing a helmet. Seven bicyclists and 35 pedestrians have also been killed.

The deadliest month of 2018 so far has been October, when 47 people died. September ranked second with 41 deaths and July ranked third with 40.

The month with the fewest deaths was March with 18, followed by February with only 19 deaths.

The release said over the last five years, an average of 31 people have been killed in crashes in Minnesota in December.

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