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DPS Media Availability: 2013 Crash Facts

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Streamed live on Jun 30, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS) highlights the findings of the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2013 report. Peggy Riggs also shares a personal story. Her son, David, was killed by a driver who was texting.

After a jump in 2012, Minnesota traffic fatalities dropped to 387 last year, the second lowest total in a decade. The top contributing factor was drinking and driving, which killed 117 people last year.

While fewer people died on Minnesota roads, the total number of crashes increased by 12 percent to 77,707 in 2013. Driver inattention/distraction, failure to yield right-of-way and illegal/unsafe speed continue to be the top contributors to all crashes.

The Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2013 report is an annual summary of traffic crashes and describes how, why and where crashes occurred and who was involved. DPS will use this information to determine future traffic safety initiatives that will lead to safer roads, more efficient safety programs and changed driver behavior.

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