Minnesota Department of Public Safety preliminary traffic crash reports indicate 17 people were killed and 129 were seriously injured on state roads in September. In 2006 to-date, the state has recorded 350 traffic deaths -- compared to 392 deaths at this time last year. While fatal traffic crashes have decreased overall by more than 10 percent, year-to-date motorcycle crash fatalities have increased by nearly 37 percent.
The September deaths include 12 vehicle occupants, three motorcyclists and two pedestrians. Of the vehicle occupants killed, seven were not wearing seat belts. Alcohol-related crashes resulted in at least 30 of the serious injuries; alcohol use in fatality crashes is unknown at this time.
Traffic deaths occurred in 13 counties. There were two deaths in Hennepin, McLeod, St. Louis and Todd counties; and one death each in Anoka, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Goodhue, Otter Tail, Pope, Rice and Winona counties.
Of those killed, five were ages 15-29, two were ages 30-44, eight were ages 45-59 and two were age 60 or older. Females and males were represented with nine and eight deaths, respectively.
In addition, the State Patrol reported 414 pedestrians on the roadway, 83 vehicle fires, 55 medical calls and eight gun-pointing incidents.
September traffic death totals will increase as additional reports are submitted. Preliminary statewide traffic crash statistics are compiled from State Patrol, and reporting county and city law enforcement agencies.