Thursday, January 5, 2017

Total Minnesota Road Fatalities in 2016 Approaching 400 Pedestrian Deaths Reach Highest Mark in 25 Years

The preliminary number of 397 traffic fatalities last year is a sad reminder that Minnesotans must recommit to safe choices both behind the wheel and on the street if tragedies are to decrease. The number of lives lost so far last year is below the 2015 final figure of 411, but it is projected to go up as final crash data is evaluated. 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) projects a final number of 412 road fatalities. 

Pedestrian Fatalities 
Pedestrian deaths climbed again in 2016 with a preliminary figure of 60 fatalities compared with a final figure of 41 in 2015. This is the highest number of pedestrian deaths since 1991 (61) and a 50 percent increase in fatalities in the past five years (2012 – 2016).

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