Road deaths in Minnesota were up across the board in 2018

380 people died in 2018, up from 358 in 2017.
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The Stearns County Sheriff's Office shared this photo from a crash during summer 2018. 

The number isn't official just yet, but the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says 380 people died on Minnesota roads in 2018, up from 358 in 2017. 

In fact, when broken down by speeding, distraction, unbelted drivers, alcohol, motorcycle and pedestrian fatalities, the numbers were up across the board from 2017. 

Type of crash2018 deaths2017 deaths

Speeding

100

88

Distraction

27

25

Unbelted

90

78

Alcohol

121

113

Motorcyclists

58

53

Bicyclists

7

6

Pedestrians

42

42

October was the deadliest month with 46 people dying on Minnesota roads. 

  1. October - 46
  2. September - 42
  3. July - 40
  4. May - 36
  5. June - 34
  6. August - 33
  7. December - 33
  8. November - 31
  9. April - 26
  10. January - 22
  11. February - 19
  12. March - 18

Extra enforcement is already planned for 2019, including authorities stepping up its watch for distracted drivers April 8-30, unbelted drivers May 20 to June 2, speeding June 18 through July 21, DWI Aug. 16 through Sept. 2, in addition to extra DWI enforcement during the holidays.

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