VBC Video
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | > | >>

DPS PROJECTS 2010 MINNESOTA TRAFFIC DEATHS TO MATCH 2009 - LOWEST SINCE 1944


Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Police Reports





ST. PAUL - At least 410 people were killed on Minnesota roads in 2010, according to preliminary records from the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. DPS projects the final 2010 count to close around the 420 mark - on par with 2009's total of 421, the lowest number of annual deaths since 1944.

Officials say the 2010 figure will increase during the next few months as additional fatal crash reports are submitted to DPS. Final crash numbers will be announced early this summer.

"We've seen a positive trend-line of fewer road deaths in recent years that points to the success of legislation and proactive traffic safety campaigns," says DPS Commissioner Michael Campion. "While it appears 2010 won't show a big reduction in deaths, we are maintaining a low death count and have cut down our annual road deaths by more than 200 since just eight years ago - that is very significant."

Campion cites these factors for the lower death trend: traffic safety legislation (such as primary seat belt law); enhanced enforcement coupled with education efforts; effective MnDOT, county and local engineering improvements; efficient emergency trauma response; as well as safer vehicles.

"These are all critical elements to the progress, but none are as important as safe driver behavior. The key to reducing deaths is for motorists to take the task of driving seriously," says Campion.

A critical statistic to determine road safety is the death rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). DPS estimates the 2010 VMT will be 0.73, which would be the lowest ever for Minnesota. In 2009, the state VMT fatality rate was less than one person (0.74) - the second lowest in the nation - and down from a rate of 5.52 in 1966.

Highlights from preliminary 2010 traffic data:

· Motorcyclist deaths plummet again - 41 rider deaths compared to 53 total deaths in 2009. This marks the second consecutive major decline in rider deaths (2009 deaths dropped 28 percent from 2008). In recent years, motorcyclist deaths had boomed as ridership hit record levels. DPS attributes the decline to the influx of boomer-age riders becoming more seasoned and experienced, and less likely to crash. Other factors include rider training programs, enforcement and public outreach.



· The preliminary 410 fatality count includes motorists (313), motorcyclists (41); pedestrians (39 - slightly down from the 41 in .....
[Read the Rest]



9

INCREASED DWI PATROLS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE CAP MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN

Wed, Dec 29th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - As the ball drops on 2010, a statewide DWI enforcement campaign will drop the hammer on impaired drivers during New Year's Eve celebrations. Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials encourage motorists to celebrate saf ..... 
[Read the Rest]

675 ARRESTED FOR DWI MIDWAY THROUGH STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN

Wed, Dec 15th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL -Midway through a December-long statewide increased DWI enforcement campaign, preliminary reports from 170 law enforcement agencies indicate 675 motorist DWI arrests. In all, around 400 agencies are conducting the increased patrols t ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Help reduce snow hazards

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The Fillmore County Highway Department and the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office are asking the public to help reduce the hazards created by snow being plowed across or onto public roads and right-of-ways.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen ..... 
[Read the Rest]

STATE NAMES 13 COUNTIES FACING INCREASED DWI PATROLS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011

Mon, Nov 22nd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety today named the state's 13 "most dangerous" counties for impaired driving that will be targeted with extra DWI patrols through September 2011. All 13 counties will di ..... 
[Read the Rest]

620 IN-CAR CAMERAS AWARDED TO 134 MINNESOTA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

Thu, Nov 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports





ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the 134 city and county law enforcement agencies that will receive in-car cameras as a result of $2.9 million in federal funds administered by the DPS Office ..... 
[Read the Rest]

MORE THAN 5,000 MOTORISTS TICKETED MIDWAY THROUGH STATEWIDE SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Wed, Oct 20th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - Midway through a statewide increased seat belt enforcement campaign, participating law enforcement agencies have preliminary reported citing 5,196 motorists for seat belt violations. The increased enforcement runs through Oct. 28. ..... 
[Read the Rest]

MINNESOTA BELT USE RATE CONTINUES TO HIT RECORD LEVELS

Thu, Oct 14th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - Daytime seat belt compliance in Minnesota is at an all-time high of 92 percent, according to a new survey announced today by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. The DPS annual seat belt observa ..... 
[Read the Rest]

BIG JUMP IN BOOSTER SEAT USE RESULTS IN 1,000 CHILDREN NOT INJURED IN CRASHES IN LAST YEAR

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - Since Minnesota's strengthened child passenger safety law became effective July 1, 2009, crash data reveal a significant increase in booster seats - seat lifts that help adult seat belts fit children properly. The Minnesota Department of P ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | > | >>