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MINNESOTA TRAFFIC DEATHS HIT 300 FOR THE YEAR


Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's year-to-date traffic fatalities topped 300 over the weekend, putting the state on pace to have fewer traffic deaths than 2008, which had the lowest death count since 1945. As of September 21, the state has recorded 302 traffic deaths, compared to 307 at this time last year. At this rate, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) projects 450 deaths for the year, or an average of 8.7 traffic fatalities per week. In 2008, 455 people were killed on Minnesota roads.

DPS officials say enforcement of seat belt use as well as aggressive and impaired driving patrols have factored in the lower death count. DPS also cites MnDOT engineering improvements and efficient emergency response to crashes are contributing to the lower death count - all elements of the state's Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative.

"Hitting the 300 deaths milestone for the year is a significant signal for motorists that traffic crashes remain far too common and the task of driving needs to be taken seriously," says Cheri Marti, director of DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "While there is a trend of fewer road deaths, the real key to limiting traffic deaths is for motorists to exercise safe driver behavior."

Traffic deaths for 2009 include 47 motorcyclists, slightly fewer than the tally at this time in 2008, but still representing 16 percent of the 2009 preliminary total. In 2008, the total 72 motorcyclist deaths was a 25-year high. September is historically one of the deadliest months for riders.

Included in the 2009 death count are 25 pedestrians - up from 16 at this time last year, and six bicyclists, on pace with last year's death tally. Last year was the deadliest year for bicyclists since 2000 - 13 bike riders were killed in 2008.

Marti says the pedestrian deaths is another reminder for motorists to be alert for those on feet - especially with college and schools back in session.

"Anticipate pedestrians crossing both at crosswalks and crossing illegally," says Marti. "Your role as a driver is to be attentive and drive at safe speeds so you can react."

Marti stresses that pedestrians must "cross where it's safe, not where it's convenient." In Minnesota, motorists must yield for crossing pedestrians at all marked and unmarked crosswalks and intersections; pedestrians must obey traffic control devices.

The state recorded 100 road deaths in early May and hit 200 deaths in mid-July.

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State health officials are tracking apparent upswing in flu activity across Minnesota

Sat, Sep 19th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Officials at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are tracking what appears to be a significant increase in influenza-like illness across the state.

Based on reports of increased influenza-like illness in schools and at sentinel reporting ..... 
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1,873 BUSTED DURING END-OF-SUMMER DWI CRACKDOWN

Tue, Sep 15th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - An Aug. 21-Sept. 7 statewide DWI enforcement campaign resulted in 1,873 DWI arrests - more than 100 DWIs a day. The average alcohol-concentration of the DWI offenders was 0.16 - twice the legal limit of 0.08. Preliminary arrest totals were ..... 
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4 CHILD TRAFFIC DEATHS IN 2009 - NONE RESTRAINED

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Preliminary 2009 crash facts from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reveal that none of four children under age 7 killed in crashes this year were properly restrained and seven of 10 children seriously injured were also not i ..... 
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Extra DWI Enforcement Continues through Labor Day; PUBLIC SAFETY, MNDOT STRESS ROAD SAFETY

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will continue an enhanced DWI crackdown through Labor Day weekend to limit alcohol-related deaths during the holiday weekend. During Labor Day weekends, 2006-2008, 11 people were killed - five ..... 
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Congressman Walz Announces Southern Minnesota Mobile Office Stops

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congressman Tim Walz announced that he is dispatching his staff across southern Minnesota September 21-23 to hear from constituents regarding hot topics like health insurance reform and to assist individuals who are having p ..... 
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Statement by Congressman Tim Walz on President Obama's Speech

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Tim Walz. Mr. Jeff Korsmo, Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center was Congressman Walz's guest at tonight's Joint Session of Congress.

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Health officials urge Minnesotans to learn more about the warning signs of suicide and how to prevent it

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota health officials urge Minnesotans to learn more about preventing suicide during national Suicide Prevention Week, September 6-12.

The extent of suicide in Minnesota is significant:

571 people died by suicide in Minnesota in 20 ..... 
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Minnesota Community Pride winners announced and honored on Labor Day weekend at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Over 20 Minnesota communities, large and small, from across the state, took home top honors and over $15,000 in cash awards in the 25th Anniversary Minnesota Community Pride competition, announced at the Minnesota Community Pride Showcase and Awards ..... 
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