Minnesota Injury Facts, 2006 Edition: Traffic
Traffic fatalities fell to 559 in 2005, a decrease for the second year in a row. In 2005, 35% of deaths were alcohol-related. Minnesota's seat belt use rate reached a record-high 84% percent in 2005, but dropped to 83% in 2006. This compares to the national rate of 81%.
Contributing factors in crashes vary by the driver's age, and whether the crash involved a single vehicle or multiple vehicles. Leading factors for fatal crashes across all ages were illegal or unsafe speed, driver inattention or distraction, chemical impairment, and failure to yield the right of way.
Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety
More information about traffic crashes in Minnesota available from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety at http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/crash_facts.asp
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