Minnesota Injury Facts, 2008 Edition: Traffic
Traffic fatalities rose to 510 in 2007, an increase of 16 deaths over the 494 killed in 2006 (and including 12 who died in the I-35W bridge collapse). Thirty-seven percent of deaths were alcohol-related. Minnesota's seat belt use rate increased to 88% in 2007. This compares to the national rate of 82%.
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, failure to yield the right of way, chemical impairment, and driver inattention or distraction.
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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