Minnesota Road Fatalties Reach 200 for 2016
DPS urges driver to pay attention behind the wheel
Minnesota has now reached 200 road fatalities in 2016.
Preliminary numbers from the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) show that Minnesota reached the 200 mark on July 23. Last year at this time, the state reported 201 fatalities on Jly 20.
Recent fatal traffic crashes include:
-A 25-year-old Rosemount man driving a pick up that rolled after running off the road and hitting an embankment. The man was not wearing his seat-belt.
-A 33-year-old Fargo man and a 25-year-old West Fargo woman were broadsided after their vehicle went through a stop sign. Both were unbelted.
-A 31-year-old Cannon Falls man, his 26-year-old wife and their 1-year-old child died after trying to pass another vehicle. They were hit by an on-coming semi.
The 200 traffic deaths to date included:
- 27 motorcyclists, compared with 37 reported this time last year.
- 26 pedestrians, compared with 16 reported this time last year.
- 4 bicyclists, compared with 4 reported last year.
It is important to note that progress is being made to reduce fatalities through enforcement, education, and awareness. The 411 deaths last year were a 17% decrease from 10 years ago.
Distracted driving spiked by 21% last year from the previous year.
Contributing factors in 2015 included:
- Distracted driving – 74 deaths, resulting in a 21 percent increase.
- Drunk driving – 95 deaths, an 8 percent increase
- Speed – 78 deaths, 17 percent decrease
- Lack of seat belt – 91 deaths, 14 percent decrease
Speed is the leading factor is crashes, contributing to one out of every five fatalities on Minnesota roads. The summer months (Memorial Day-Labor Day) result in an average of 23 speed-related deaths during the 100 deadliest days in Minnesota.