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January was safest month on record for traffic in Minnesota

Minnesota saw just nine traffic deaths in January -- the fewest in a month since officials started keeping records more than 30 years ago. The preliminary figure, released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, easily tops the pre...

Minnesota saw just nine traffic deaths in January - the fewest in a month since officials started keeping records more than 30 years ago.
The preliminary figure, released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, easily tops the previous record low of 15 deaths set in January 2011.
“While it is important to highlight the decline in traffic deaths across Minnesota, we must not forget that statistics equal real people and at least nine families said good-bye to loved ones in January,” said Donna Berger, director of the Office of Traffic Safety.
The state has tracked deaths on Minnesota roads since 1984. Statistically, January has been the safest month for travel, with the four-lowest fatality totals over the three decades all occurring during the first month of the year.
State officials credit the “Toward Zero Deaths” initiative with reducing traffic deaths 41 percent overall since 2003.

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