2015 One of the Deadliest on Minnesota Roads
2015 proved to be a tragic year for traffic crashes in Minnesota.
The Minnesota State Patrol estimates more than 400 people died on Minnesota roads in the past year.
It’s the highest number of road fatalities since 2010.
Patrol officers say speeding is the number one factor.
The biggest surprise for patrol officers is the number of pedestrian deaths.
Forty pedestrians were killed in 2015 compared to 16 in 2014.
“Realizing that you do have an investment in traffic safety whether you’re driving or riding in a vehicle, you’re a pedestrian, bicyclist, or in a motorcyclist again it comes down to good choices each and every time you get in that vehicle,” says Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow.
Other factors include drunk driving and distracted driving.
Half of those killed in a car crash were not wearing a seat belt.