Increase in Minnesota’s Traffic Death Toll
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Minnesota is experiencing an increase in traffic fatalities this year.
The State Department of Public Safety says 365 people have already died on Minnesota roads this year, pushing the grim tally above the traffic-related death toll for all of last year when 361 people lost their lives in crashes or other traffic-related incidents.
Over just the past week, a 60-year-old Rochester man was killed in a car-pedestrian crash and a 24-year-old Byron man died in a head-on crash near Elgin.
The Public Safety Department says preliminary statistics show there have been significant increases this year in the number of fatalities involving pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists.
Despite the increase in deaths this year, officials note the number of fatalities is still nearly 200 below the traffic death toll reported 10 years ago.