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Breaking down the 300 road deaths in Minnesota this year

A deadly few days on Minnesota's highways saw the total number of road deaths this year pass an unwanted milestone.
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A deadly few days on Minnesota's highways saw the number of road deaths this year pass an unwanted milestone.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) said Monday 10 road deaths have been confirmed since Thursday, bringing the total number of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians killed this year past the 300 mark, totaling 307.

Last year saw the highest number of road deaths in the past five years, with 411 people losing their lives, 50 more than who died in 2014.

Here's a look at some statistics about this year's road deaths:

Pedestrian deaths spike

There have been 41 pedestrians killed so far on Minnesota roads this year, a significant rise on the 24 killed by the same date in 2015.

One of the recent deaths was a 7-year-old boy, who was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street for a school bus near Thief River Falls.

Motorcyclists, biker deaths down slightly

There have been fewer fatal incidents involving motorcyclists and bicyclists this year compared to last. There have been 52 motorcyclist deaths, down from 57 this time in 2015, and seven bicyclists killed, down from nine last year.

Young adults the most common victims

Sixty-two people killed on the roads were aged between 21 and 30, the highest number from any age group. This was followed by 31-40 year olds (47 deaths) and 51-60 year olds (45).

There were 10 children aged 10 and under killed last year, 21 children and adults aged 11-20, and four people aged 90-93.

DPS issues DPS seatbelt, pedestrian safety reminders

Among the 10 people killed on Minnesota roads since Thursday were best friends Nathan Brill and Nicholas Kroll from Pierz, who were thrown from a truck after striking a road approach.

The DPS says that the men, in their 20s, were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and is highlighting the importance of seatbelt safety between Oct. 14-30, when law enforcement agencies across the state are conducting a "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

Last year, almost a quarter of the total road deaths, 91, were people who weren't wearing their seat belts at the time of a crash.

The DPS has also issued safety tips for pedestrians after a spike in deaths. It is urging people to follow the law by crossing at corners, marked crosswalks or where a traffic light is present, and never cross in the middle of the road or walk down an interstate.

It advises wearing bright colors if walking at night, and pay attention when crossing, making eye contract with drivers before entering the road.

Drivers meanwhile are reminded to be alert for pedestrians, stop for them when crossing and drive "distraction-free."

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