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Traffic Deaths in Minn., Wis. Grow in 2012

Posted at: 01/03/2013 3:00 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

nullFor the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths has increased in Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, a preliminary report says 378 people were killed in 2012. The agency says 368 people died in crashes on the state's roads in 2011. The agency projects the final total, which will be available in the early summer, to be around 390, which is about 6 percent above the 2011 figure.

Despite the increase, annual traffic deaths in Minnesota have been trending downward over the last decade from 657 in 2002.

In Wisconsin, 2012 ended with 601 traffic deaths, according preliminary numbers from the the Department of Transportation. WisDOT says that figure is 36 deaths higher than that of 2011.

Traffic fatalities in Wisconsin last year also ended four consecutive years of fewer than 600 annual traffic deaths. WisDOT says before the 2008 to 2011 period, the last time the state had fewer than 600 traffic fatalities for four years in a row was from 1924 to 1927.