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Minnesota traffic deaths rise in 2012

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Traffic safety officials say Minnesota last year saw its first increase in traffic deaths since 2007.

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The final crash report shows Minnesota had 395 traffic deaths in 2012. That’s a 7 percent increase from 2011, when 368 deaths were recorded.

But officials say it represents a 40 percent drop in deaths from a decade ago.

Officials cite a mild winter, a slight increase in miles traveled and a jump in motorcyclist deaths in 2012 as reasons for the increase.

The 2012 fatality count is the second-lowest annual death figure since 1944 when 356 people were killed.

In Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard and Itasca counties, 22 died in traffic accidents last year. That’s among the 1,839 accidents that occurred in the five counties in 2012. Of those 22 deaths more than half — 14 — were alcohol-related, according to state statistics.

Beltrami County

DWI’s

293

Crashes

443

Deaths

7

Cass County

DWI’s

208

Crashes

256

Deaths

6

Clearwater County

DWI’s

37

Crashes

69

Deaths

0

Hubbard County

DWI’s

121

Crashes

140

Deaths

1

Itasca County

DWI’s

330

Crashes

536

Deaths

8

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Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
(218) 333-9200 x343
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