Over 300 deaths on Minnesota roads this year; Extra DWI enforcement to run through holidays

Published 6:30 am Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Preliminary figures from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety show 301 people have died on Minnesota roads since Jan. 1, compared to 313 at this time last year.

The state reported 301 deaths on Tuesday; 300 deaths were reported on Oct. 22.

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Of those killed on Minnesota roads so far in 2019:

  • 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;
  • Eight were bicyclists, compared with six reported this time last year;
  • 45 deaths involved crashes with heavy vehicle truck;
  • 143 were single-vehicle crashes;
  • 155 were multi-vehicle crashes;
  • 79 were alcohol-related deaths;
  • 26 were distracted driving-related deaths;
  • 60 were speed-related deaths; and
  • 60 were unbelted motorist deaths.

So far, August has seen the most deaths in 2019, with 48 fatalities on Minnesota roads. October has had 35 reported deaths.

Law enforcement agencies across the state will be participating in extra DWI-enforcement from Nov. 27 through Dec. 28.