Preliminary figures from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety show 301 people have died on Minnesota roads since Jan. 1, compared to 313 last year at this time.

The state reported 300 deaths on Oct. 29. Back in 2018, 300 deaths were reported on Oct. 22.

The 301 fatalities include the following:

• 204 motor vehicle occupants compared with 195 reported this time last year.

• 43 motorcyclists compared with 58 reported this time last year.

• 34 pedestrians compared with 31 reported this time last year.

• 8 bicyclists compared with 6 reported this time last year.

• 45 deaths involving crashes with heavy vehicle trucks.

• 143 single-vehicle crashes.

• 155 multi-vehicle crashes.


Alcohol, distraction, speed and no seat belts continue to contribute to the loss of life in 2019. Preliminary information shows: 79 alcohol-related deaths (26%), 26 distracted-related deaths (9%), 60 speed-related deaths (20%) and 60 unbelted motorist deaths (29%).

Holiday DWI Enforcement

This holiday season, bring holiday cheer by planning ahead for a sober ride.  Extra DWI Enforcement on holidays and weekends runs Nov. 27 through Dec. 28.

Drunk driving-related crashes contributed to 84 deaths on Minnesota roads in 2018.

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