More than 300 people have died on Minnesota roads in 2018

Alcohol, distraction and speeding are among the leading factors.
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More than 300 people have died on Minnesota roads in 2018. 

The morbid milestone was announced by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Monday, noting that 302 people had been killed on Minnesota roads as of Oct. 22.

This is ahead of last year's pace, when there were 285 fatalities on the same date.

Some of the statistics:  

  • 195 vehicle occupants
  • 58 motorcyclists 
  • 29 pedestrians
  • 6 bicyclists
  • 31 deaths in crashes with heavy trucks
  • 145 single-vehicle crashes
  • 157 multi-vehicles crashes
  • 93 alcohol-related deaths
  • 20 distracted-driving deaths
  • 80 speed-related deaths
  • 65 unbelted motorist deaths

The DPS says the four main contributing factors in the deaths have been alcohol, distraction, speeding and failure to wear a seat belt. 

Despite 2018 fatalities happening at a higher rate than last year, the numbers are still down from what they were in 2016 and 2015. In 2016, 392 people died on Minnesota roads and 411 were killed in 2015. 

As a reminder, there will be extra DWI enforcement during the holiday season, Nov. 21 through Dec. 29. 

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