Minnesota Injury Facts, 2009-2010 Edition: Traffic
Traffic injuries and deaths in 2009
Traffic deaths dropped 7.5 percent on Minnesota’s roads in 2009, to 421, the lowest toll on record since 1944. In addition to the 421 killed, 31,074 were injured.
The state recorded a new all-time low in the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths (141). However, alcohol-related crashes still accounted for 34 percent of all fatalities, similar to previous years. Motorcycle crashes resulted in 53 deaths — a 26 percent drop from the 72 deaths in 2008, which was a 24-year high.
Just 129 of the 302 vehicle occupants killed were wearing seat belts; 50 percent of unbelted persons who died were ejected from the vehicle.
The death rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) was (0.74) — among the lowest in the nation. Minnesota’s seat belt use rate reached an all-time high of 90 percent in 2009, compared to the national rate of 84 percent. In October 2010 it reached 92 percent.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety cited several factors in the decline, including the new primary seat belt law, heightened enforcement efforts, road engineering improvements and the economy.
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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