Car insurance costs moderate in Minnesota

But a consumer group’s study suggests that rates rise faster in states like Minnesota that don’t require regulatory approval of increases. Full Article via Star Tribune.

Pedestrians in the Danger Zone: Pedestrians v. Drivers

While some traffic-death causes—such as drunken driving and not wearing seat belts—continue to decrease, pedestrian deaths in Minnesota have risen since 2008.  In 2011, 40 pedestrians in Minnesota were killed.  Pedestrian deaths account for 10% of all traffic deaths in Minnesota. The U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a study… Read more »

Deadly Drunk Drivers Off the Road

Minnesota law enforcement officers instituted a statewide DWI enforcement campaign: The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign running from late August through Labor Day Weekend.  In the first two weekends, 605 drunk drivers were arrested. 651 people were killed in Minnesota between 2007 and 2011 by drunk driving crashes—accounting for one third of the… Read more »

Motorcyclist Deaths Increase

By September, this year’s 47 Minnesota motorcyclist deaths had already surpassed the total number of motorcycle deaths in 2011. Department of Public Safety officials blame the rise on an early start to the riding season in 2012 and a record number of riders.  The leading crash factors each year are:  rider error, alcohol use, and… Read more »

Seat Belt Use Record High

Minnesota’s statewide seat belt use is at a record high 93.6%.  This is an increase in seat belt use, which results in fewer unbelted deaths.  A decade ago, seat belt use was at only 79%. Seat belt use for Southeastern Minnesota is lower than the statewide average at only 86.7%.  This is up from 84.7%… Read more »