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Minnesota Traffic Deaths Up From Last Year


ST. PAUL, MN (KDAL) - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the preliminary road death count in the state has reached 202,  which is 27 more than at the same time a year ago.  At the current rate, the 2013 traffic death toll would total 450 and would be a second straight year that deaths on the roads have increased.  One factor for the increase is a spike in motorcycle deaths.  Officials say 39 riders have been killed this year compared to 24 at this time in 2012.  Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman says most crashes are preventable and directly related to driver behavior.  She says tragedies can be prevented by driving at safe speeds, driving sober and buckling up.