Minnesota Injury Facts, 2007 Edition: Traffic
Traffic fatalities fell to 494 in 2006, the lowest number of traffic fatalities on our road since 1945, and represent 65 fewer deaths than the 559 killed in 2005 (nearly a 12% reduction). In 2006, 34% of deaths were alcohol-related. Minnesota's seat belt use rate 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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