The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released traffic fatality figures for 2018.
According to a report released this morning, figures have passed totals recorded in 2017. 358 people were killed in traffic accident last year. Figures were at 333 this week last year, so far 350 have been killed on Minnesota roads.
At least 109 were alcohol-related, 95 were speed-related, 83 were not wearing their seat belts, 58 were motorcyclists. Of the 58 motorcyclists who died, 42 (72 percent) were not wearing a helmet, 35 were pedestrians, 24 are known to be distraction-related, 7 were bicyclists.
The deadliest month was October this year with 47 killed. The least deadly was March with 18 deaths. An average of 31 lives have been lost over a five year span in December. An extra enforcement and awareness campaign is running on weekends through December 29th state-wide.
Plan ahead before you go out by designating a sober driver, and if you see a person who has had too much to drink, speak up and find them a safe ride home.