12 traffic deaths in the last 12 days in MN

By KBJR News 1

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12 traffic deaths in the last 12 days in MN

March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) report reveals that at least a dozen people were killed on Minnesota roads since Feb. 28.

Included in these deaths were three Carlton College students who died in a crash on Hwy. 3 near Northfield, as well as four young men whose car went out of control on Hwy. 14 just west of Sleepy Eye. All seven people were under the age of 21.

The DPS reports that in 2012, young males ages 15–34 were involved in 54% of crashes and 71% of fatal crashes. They say the most cited factors in these crashes were driver inattention/distraction, failure to yield right of way and illegal/unsafe speed.

"The people who lost their lives in these crashes are the reasons we all need to take driving seriously and always make safe decisions about buckling up, driving at safe speeds, paying attention and never driving impaired," DPS Office of Public Safety (OTS) director, Donna Berger, said.

Looking back even further, since Jan.1, 51 people have died on Minnesota roads, two more compared to this time last year.

Ramona Marozas