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January was a deadly month in Minnesota for pedestrians

There were 4 more road deaths on Minnesota roads compared to January last year.

January was a deadly month on Minnesota roads, particularly for pedestrians.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released its preliminary crash figures for last month, which saw 26 road deaths compared with 22 last year.

But of those deaths, 8 of them involved pedestrians, a much higher-than-usual number given there were 42 pedestrian deaths in the whole of 2018.

There was a spate of pedestrian deaths in the space of just a few days in the Twin Cities metro towards the start of the month, which coincided with warmer-than-usual temperatures that meant more people were walking the streets than usual.

It prompted police to ask drivers to take extra care on the roads, particularly at dusk or night time, by being aware of their speed and of pedestrians.

Of the 24 fatal crashes last month, 13 of them involved either a distraction, excessive speed, or alcohol. Four people who died meanwhile were not wearing seatbelts.

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Overall there was an uptick in drunken-driving, with 2,139 drivers arrested for DWI last month compared to 1,971 the year before.

The figures were released ahead of Super Bowl weekend, which is usually a big one for drunk-driving.

Last Super Bowl weekend, when the Super Bowl was in Minneapolis, Minnesota police arrested 170 drivers for DWI, which is more than the average of 156 DWI arrests on Super Bowl weekend.

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