Minnesota tops 300 traffic fatalities for year

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety projects we'll reach 355 deaths this year -- which would mark a fourth consecutive drop in traffic fatalities and a 38 percent reduction in deaths from a decade ago.
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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety projects we'll reach 355 deaths this year -- which would mark a fourth consecutive drop in traffic fatalities and a 38 percent reduction in deaths from a decade ago.

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