St. Paul, MN ( -- Minnesota traffic deaths climbed in 2012, making it the first increase in deaths in five years. According to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, 378 people were killed in 2012, whereas 368 people died in 2011 on Minnesota roads. DPS projects the final number to be around 390, 6% above the 2011 figure, once the additional crash reports are submitted in early summer. Despite the increase, 2012 will be the safest year (behind 2011) since 1944 (356 deaths). Officials expect common traffic issues, such as drunk driving, non seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving, etc., will be the primary contributing factors for the 2012 deaths. The 378 preliminary death results include: - 281 motorists - 53 motorcyclists - 38 pedestrians - Six bicyclists The deadliest months in 2012 were September (48), August (42), and October (38.) The safest months were April (19), January (20) and March (23). Posted to the web by Jenna Vogt