Minnesota Surpasses 100 Traffic Deaths for 2015

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 30, 2015

Minnesota reached 100 traffic fatalities for 2015 following two crashes in which three Minnesotans lost their lives, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Minnesota passed 100 traffic deaths on May 21 in 2014 following three deaths that brought that number to 101.

• A 56 year old woman from Esko and a 32 year-old man from Carlton were killed in a head on collision on highway 45 in Carlton on Tuesday.
• A 35 year-old man was killed Tuesday in a rollover crash Highway 53 in St. Louis County. The driver was unbelted and ejected during the crash.

Of the 100 traffic deaths to date this year, seven were motorcycle fatalities and 10 were pedestrians. Last year at this time, there were 92 traffic fatalities, one of which was a motorcyclist and one was a pedestrian.

In the past five years 1,922 (includes preliminary 2014 fatalities) people lost their lives on Minnesota roads.

Road Fatality Contributing Factors in Minnesota
• Speed: one in five deaths.
• Drunk Driving: one in five deaths.
• Distracted Driving: one in four fatalities.
• Lack of seat belt use accounts for about half of the motorists killed.

The Toward Zero Deaths program has played a significant role in saving lives and reducing serious injuries on Minnesota roads. Education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical services have helped reduce fatalities by nearly 41 percent since 2003.

2003 – 2014 Minnesota traffic fatalities
2014* 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
361* 387 395 368 411 421 455 510 494 559 567 655
*The 2014 number is preliminary

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