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June 28, 2013
Traffic deaths up 7 percent from 2011
A mild winter, a slight increase in miles traveled and a spike in motorcyclist deaths in 2012 are a few of the reasons Minnesota had its first increase in traffic deaths since 2007.
June 28, 2013 - 12:00am
January 9, 2013
Death toll from crashes rises in Douglas County
For the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths increased in Minnesota. Crashes killed 378 people in the state in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In 2011, 368 people died in crashes on Minnesota...
January 9, 2013 - 12:00am
November 16, 2012
Unbelted deaths: October deadliest month
October was the deadliest month for unbelted traffic deaths in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. To date for the year, 87 motorists killed in crashes were not buckled up, of which 15 were in October. All...
November 16, 2012 - 12:00am
February 22, 2012
Six lives lost in three hours
In the space of three hours, six lives were lost in three separate crashes on snowy, slushy roads near Alexandria and Glenwood on Monday. The...
February 22, 2012 - 12:00am
April 13, 2011
Flood battle claims life
OAKPORT, Minn. - Volunteers filled and stacked sandbags at the Goehring family farm here Thursday, but it was chaotic without Quentin Goehring...
April 13, 2011 - 12:00am
November 3, 2010
201 teens die on state roads in five years
Minnesota teens in the state's northwest and southern corners are less likely to travel buckled up compared to their peers in other parts of the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. And while teen belt use in the seven-county...
November 3, 2010 - 12:00am
October 22, 2010
State hits 300 road deaths for year
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reports the state's year-to-date traffic fatalities topped 300 in September. As of September 29, the state's preliminary traffic death count was 303, compared to 313 at that time last year. Minnesota is on pace...
October 22, 2010 - 12:00am
September 30, 2010
State hits 300 road deaths for year
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reports the state's year-to-date traffic fatalities topped 300 this week. As of September 29, the state's preliminary traffic death count is 303, compared to 313 at this time last year. Minnesota...
September 30, 2010 - 10:52am
September 25, 2010
Record low number of alcohol-related crash deaths reported
Minnesota alcohol-related crashes in 2009 resulted in a record low 141 deaths - a 13 percent drop from the 163 deaths in 2008. Despite the drop in deaths, the death figure represented 34 percent of the 421 traffic deaths, matching historical trends. The Minnesota Department of Public...
September 25, 2010 - 12:54pm
May 30, 2010
New study says nearly all structure fire deaths happen in home fires
According to a new study, Home Structure Fires, from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires account for 92 percent of fire deaths that occur in structures. These fires cause an average of 2,840 civilian deaths each year. "This study strongly underscores the...
May 30, 2010 - 10:40am
May 19, 2010
Adults older than 75 have higher risk of death in home fires
A new report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that adults older than 75 are nearly three times as likely to die in a home fire as the general public. Adults 85 and older have more than three and a half times the risk of fire death as the general public. The...
May 19, 2010 - 12:00am
April 11, 2010
172 arrested for DWI in state's 'deadliest' counties
Enhanced DWI patrols conducted in the state's counties with the most alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries resulted in 172 DWI arrests in March. Participating officers in the overtime patrols stopped 3,908 vehicles and issued 1,212 citations for traffic- and equipment-related...
April 11, 2010 - 6:41am
March 2, 2010
Detroit Lakes police handle four deaths in three days
Detroit Lakes police were kept busy last week with the unexpected deaths of four people over three days in separate incidents. Those who died include a 3-month old boy, an 11-year-old boy, a 48-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man. Foul play is not suspected in any of the deaths,...
March 2, 2010 - 8:43am
January 20, 2010
2009 fire deaths projected to be lowest on record
The Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division reports that Minnesota's projected number of fire deaths in 2009 will be the lowest since record keeping began in 1970. The preliminary count of 32 represents a 20 percent drop from the previous record low of 40, which occurred...
January 20, 2010 - 12:00am
January 8, 2010
Minnesota's annual traffic deaths drop again; 2009 figure projected to be lowest since 1944
While 2010 had a deadly start with four deaths the first weekend, Minnesota's 2009 preliminary traffic death count of 403 marks another significant drop in annual road fatalities, representing an 8 percent drop from the 455 deaths in 2008. The state projects a final death number...
January 8, 2010 - 12:00am