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Another unwanted milestone: Minnesota sees its 200th traffic death

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More than 200 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year – an unwelcome figure that's on pace with last year's traffic deaths.

Preliminary numbers from the Office of Traffic Safety shows Minnesota had its 200th traffic death on July 23.

The figure doesn't include a single-vehicle fatal crash that happened in Hubbard County Sunday morning, Scott Wasserman of the Minnesota Department of Safety told BringMeTheNews, noting his office hasn't received the report yet.

An email news release from the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office says the crash involved 19-year-old Avery Mikel of Park Rapids. He was found pinned under an upside-down SUV and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Minnesota hit 100 traffic deaths at the end of April

On pace with last year

The Office of Traffic Safety says fatalities are about on pace with last year's numbers – officials reported 201 road deaths on July 20.

Here's a breakdown of this year's road deaths compared to last year:

  • 27 motorcyclists, compared with 37 reported this time last year.
  • 26 pedestrians, compared with 16 reported this time last year.
  • 4 bicyclists, compared with 4 reported this time last year.

Deaths are preventable

Officials are reminding motorists that most traffic fatalities are preventable, so long as people use safe driving habits like paying attention, always driving sober, driving the speed limit and wearing your seatbelt.

"Each one of us needs to commit to safe driving habits, and we need every community in our state to stand together and say ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to deaths on our roads," Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director, said in a news release.

Despite road deaths reaching this number, the Office of Traffic Safety says there is progress being made thanks to increased enforcement, education and awareness programs.

Last year, there were 411 deaths on state roads – down 17 percent from 10 years ago, the release notes. However, Minnesota road deaths in 2015 were the highest they'd been since 2010.

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Minnesota traffic deaths continue to drop

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the 368 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2011 represents a fourth consecutive annual drop in road fatalities and the lowest death count on record since 1944 when 356 were killed. The 368 deaths mark a 44 percent decrease from 10 years ago.

Minn. hits 205 traffic deaths this year

The 2012 figure is on pace with the 204 deaths at this time in 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. This year's 205 deaths include four bicyclist, 29 motorcyclists and 18 pedestrians.

MN traffic deaths at lowest rate since 1944

The Department of Public Safety says Minnesota's roads are the safest they've been in over 70 years, or at least less deadly. Preliminary results put traffic deaths under 400 fatalities. That's second best in the nation.

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