Minnesota Traffic Deaths Lowest Since 1944
6-13-12 -- 2011 was the fourth consecutive year that traffic deaths decreased on Minnesota roads, and 368 fatalities is the lowest number since 1944. Donna Berger with the state Office of Traffic Safety says they're pleased with that figure, but the state is still averaging over one traffic death per day. Berger says it's a reminder that people should buckle up and pay attention on the road. The most common factors in crashes are driver inattention, not yielding right-of-way, and illegal or unsafe speed. Berger says impaired driving still accounts for one-third of fatal crashes in Minnesota.