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Speeding behind jump in 2018 traffic fatalities, state officials say

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Radar readout on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.
Radar readout on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul reminds drivers to slow down from a 40 mph zone to a 30 mph zone.
Dan Olson | MPR News 2007

Public safety officials say 2018 saw a sharp increase in traffic fatalities across Minnesota where speed was a major factor. 

Preliminary figures show that 381 people died in traffic crashes last year. About one-third, or 113, of those fatalities involved someone driving too fast.

Mike Hanson, director of the state's Office of Traffic Safety, said 2018 was the first time in a decade that the number of speed-related deaths on Minnesota roads topped 100.