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More than 300 deaths on Minnesota roads in 2019

More than 300 deaths on Minnesota roads in 2019 Photo: KSTP

Updated: October 29, 2019 03:40 PM

Minnesota has surpassed 300 traffic fatalities in 2019, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).

DPS said Tuesday that 301 people have died on Minnesota roads since the beginning of the year, which is slightly down from this time last year, when there were 313 fatalities.

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Of the 301 fatalities:

  • 204 were motor vehicle occupants, compared with 195 reported this time last year.
  • 43 were motorcyclists, compared with 58 reported this time last year.
  • 34 were pedestrians, compared with 31 reported this time last year.
  • 8 were bicyclists, compared with 6 reported this time last year.
  • 45 deaths involved crashes with heavy vehicle trucks.
  • 143 have been from single-vehicle crashes.
  • 155 have happened in multi-vehicle crashes.

DPS also said alcohol, distraction, speed and not wearing seat belts continue to contribute to the loss of lives. Preliminary information indicates there have been:

  • 79 alcohol-related deaths (26%).
  • 26 distracted-related deaths (9%).
  • 60 speed-related deaths (20%).
  • 60 unbelted motorist deaths (29%).

Also, 64% of fatalities have been male victims, DPS said.

As the holiday season approaches, DPS also urged motorists to be prepared and plan ahead for a sober ride. Extra DWI enforcement on holidays and weekends will run from Nov. 27 to Dec. 28.

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