Minnesota Tops 200 Traffic Deaths, a 25% Increase Over 2020

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota is reporting its 200th traffic death for the year, the earliest date to reach the mark since 2009.

State traffic safety officials say a total of 202 people have died on the roads since Jan. 1, compared to 148 at this time a year ago.

The fatalities include 142 motor vehicle occupants, 25 motorcyclists, 23 pedestrians, and three bicyclists.

Preliminary information shows 80 speed-related deaths, 46 unbelted motorist deaths, 45 alcohol-related deaths, and five distracted-driving deaths.

State Office of Traffic Safety Director Mike Hanson calls the number of fatalities “just unacceptable.”

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