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12 people killed on Minnesota roads in recent days

A dozen people have lost their lives on Minnesota roads in the past 10 days, according to a Minnesota Department of Public Safety preliminary report.

The most recent fatalities include three Carleton College students who died in a crash on Minnesota Highway 3 near Northfield on Feb. 28, and four young men whose car lost control on U.S. Highway 14 just west of Sleepy Eye on Friday. All seven of the victims were under 21 years of age.

According to the department's findings, in 2012, young males, ages 15-34, were involved in 29,186 of 54,050 crashes and 143 of 201 fatal crashes. Many cited factors in these crashes were driver distraction, unsafe speeding and failure to yield the right of way.

"Our roads can turn deadly in good weather and bad," Donna Berger, DPS office of public safety director, said in a statement. "The people who lost their lives in these crashes are the reasons we all need to take driving seriously and make safe decisions about buckling up, driving at safe speeds, paying attention and never driving impaired."

Since the beginning of January, 51 people have died on Minnesota roads, two more than this time last year, but nine fewer than in 2012.