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Minnesota Sees Increase In Traffic Fatalities

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MANKATO, Minn. -

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety releases its annual crash report, and for the first time in five years, deaths on the road have *increased from the previous year. 
395 people died on Minnesota roads in 2012, up 7 percent from 2011, which saw 368 fatalities.

While the numbers are still significantly lower over the decade, it's kind of a big break from the way the statistics had been heading.

Authorities point to a jump in motorcycle deaths for the fatality increase, and will continue with their toward zero death efforts.
Nearly half of the states deaths were victims not wearing a seatbelt, and that is with a record high 94% compliance rate.

Despite the increase in deaths, there were actually fewer total crashes in the state, down 3%.

Meanwhile in Blue Earth county, crash and death numbers continued to fall, with 15% fewer crashes, and fatalities dropping from eight deaths to five deaths between 2011 and 2012.

DWIs fell by the same rate, down to 340 from 397.
Minnesota as a whole still remains one of the safest states for traveling in the country.