2017 Minnesota preliminary fatality total lowest since 1943

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) The numbers are in and the state of Minnesota sets a new commitment to safe driving on its roads.

The last reported death on roads in the state was Dec. 28 and the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety says that’s a step in the right direction.

Preliminary numbers show a total of 348 people died on the road last year. This is the lowest number of accident related deaths since 1943 (274) and the second lowest since 1926 (326).

Of the 348 fatalities, 235 were motor vehicle occupants, 52 were motorcyclists, 38 pedestrians, six bicyclists and 17 people died in other vehicles.

The four main factors contributing to those deaths were alcohol, distracted driving, speeding and non-compliance with wearing a seat-belt.

Additionally, 28% (96) were women, while 72% (252) were men. Five of the fatalities were children under 10; and 32 of them were between the age of 11 and 20 years old.