DPS: Spike in vehicle deaths to start 2012

As of last week, nearly 70 people have died on Minnesota roads through the first 11 weeks of the year. That's up more than 45 percent from the same period last year. The Department of Public Safety says a trend of poor seatbelt use and excessive speeds have both led to more serious crashes.
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As of last week, nearly 70 people have died on Minnesota roads through the first 11 weeks of the year. That's up more than 45 percent from the same period last year. The Department of Public Safety says a trend of poor seatbelt use and excessive speeds have both led to more serious crashes.

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