Minnesota tops 200 traffic deaths, a 25% increase over 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota is reporting its 200th traffic death for the year, the earliest date to reach the mark since 2009. State traffic safety officials say a total of 202 people have died on the roads since Jan. 1, compared to 148 at this time a year ago.

The fatalities include 142 motor vehicle occupants, 25 motorcyclists, 23 pedestrians and three bicyclists. Preliminary information shows 80 speed-related deaths, 46 unbelted motorist deaths, 45 alcohol-related deaths and five distracted-driving deaths.

State Office of Traffic Safety Director Mike Hanson calls the number of fatalities “just unacceptable.”