Minnesota nears 400 traffic deaths this year, outpacing 2020

Trucks and card drive on the interstate.
Vehicles drive along a stretch of Interstate 94 between downtown Minneapolis and Interstate 694 in November 2019.
Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News 2019

Minnesota public safety officials said Monday that nearly 400 people have died in traffic crashes on Minnesota roads this year, putting the state on pace to see the highest number of traffic fatalities recorded since 2007.

Officials said there have been 384 traffic fatalities in 2021. That’s a 23 percent increase over this time last year.

The Department of Public Safety said that at the current pace, Minnesota could see about 475 traffic fatalities this year — that’s the most the state has recorded since 2007, when 510 people died on Minnesota roads.

Speed has been the largest contributing factor in fatal crashes this year — with 124 speed-related deaths through Oct. 14. This is a 27 percent percent increase from this time last year and a 107 percent increase from this time in 2019.

Officials are urging motorists to drive smart to help reduce deaths and serious injuries from car accidents.

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