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Minn. Traffic Deaths on the Decline, Public Safety Department Says

Created: 01/16/2014 12:31 PM WDIO.com

The number of deaths on Minnesota roads is dropping.

According to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety, there were 375 traffic fatalities in 2013, down from 395 in 2012. This year's figure is down nearly 200 deaths from 2004.

Officials expect the primary contributing factors of the 2013 deaths to be drunk driving, not using seat belts, speeding and distracted driving.

DPS Office of Traffic Safety Director Donna Berger said "despite last year's dip in traffic fatalities, these numbers still reflect far too many victims who have lost their lives on our roads. We continue to encourage all drivers to make good decisions about driving sober, buckling up, slowing down and eliminating distractions."

The agency projects 2013's final total, which will be available in early summer as additional crash reports are submitted, will be about 385.

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