Minnesota aims to curb traffic fatalities

By KBJR News 1

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Minnesota aims to curb traffic fatalities

August 18, 2014 Updated Aug 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Drunken driving and motor related fatalities have been the leading cause of accidents on Minnesota roads this year.

204 people who have died on Minnesota roads so far in 2014.
While the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is upset about this number spokespeople say its still 16 fewer than this time last year.

In an effort to curb the growing numbers Minnesota had nearly 400 law enforcement agencies statewide focus on drunk driving and other related offences over the weekend.

This will ensure not only the safety of the drivers, but also the innocent motorists who could potentially become unfortunate victims.

"As summer winds down, we don't want people to become statistics in our fatal crash reports because of poor choices behind the wheel," OTS director, Donna Berger, said. "Motorists have to make a conscious decision to slow down, buckle up, drive sober and focus on the road."

The Minnesota state patrol says drunk driving has been responsible for one of every five traffic fatalities this year.

In 2013, officers arrested 25,719 motorists for DWI. In addition to drunken driving, distracted driving has also become a point of major concern.

Enhanced enforcement for distracted driving during April snared 827 texting citations from 308 law enforcement agencies.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has awarded federal grants totaling more than $8.5 million for regional partners to support overtime traffic safety enforcement and educational efforts through September 2014.

Newsroom Staff