Minnesota Injury Facts, 2004 Edition: Traffic Injuries and Deaths, Minnesota
The 655 traffic deaths in Minnesota last year were just two fewer than 2002, and the second highest toll since 1981 (763 deaths). Alcohol-related deaths increased by 6.6%. Seat belt use reached a record-high 82%, but nearly half (48%) of those killed last year weren't buckled up.
Contributing factors vary by the driver's age, and whether the crash involved a single vehicle or multiple vehicles. Leading factors for fatal crashes across all ages were illegal or unsafe speed, driver inattention or distraction, chemical impairment, and failure to yield the right of way.
Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety
More information about traffic crashes in Minnesota available from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety at http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/crash_facts.asp
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