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July 1: Typical day in Minn.: Hundreds of crashes, 1 dead

  • July 12, 2014 - 9:19 PM

On a typical day last year, nearly 400 vehicles were involved in crashes in Minnesota, leaving at least one person dead and dozens injured.

That’s the bottom line of the state’s annual report on vehicle crashes.

There were 387 traffic fatalities in 2013, a slight drop from the 395 fatalities the previous year and a continuation of a long-term trend toward fewer fatalities, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Among the key findings of the report:

 

• Drunken driving (95 deaths) and not wearing a seat belt (94 deaths) were the two leading causes of fatalities.

• Speeding accounted for 76 deaths.

• Distracted driving led to 68 fatalities.

In total, there were 77,707 reported crashes involving 140,769 vehicles during the year.

More than 30,000 people were injured.

Minnesota has among the lowest fatality rates in the nation at 0.68 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. In 1966, it was 5.52.

Staff Report

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