The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety has released some sobering statics about the number of deaths on the state's roadways so far in 2018.

302 have been killed this year in traffic-related accidents around the state, here is the breakdown:

  • 195 vehicle occupants
  • 58 motorcyclists
  • 29 pedestrians
  • 6 bicyclists
  • 31 deaths in crashes with heavy trucks
  • 145 single-vehicle crashes
  • 157 multi-vehicles crashes
  • 93 alcohol-related deaths
  • 20 distracted-driving deaths
  • 80 speed-related deaths
  • 65 unbelted motorist deaths

At this time last year, there were 285 deaths and 2017 end the year with 348 deaths, which was the lowest amount since 1943. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers to "Put away the distractions, slow down, drive sober and buckle up."