It is illegal to Text & Drive
Even stopped in traffic
or at stoplights
MINNESOTA CRASH FACTS FOR 2012
395 people died on Minnesota highways a 7.3% increase from 2011.
29,314 were injured and this is a 1% decrease from 2011
Breakdown of Total Fatalities: :
289 died in motor vehicles, 40 were pedestrians, 53 motorcyclists, 9 ATV*, 1 snowmobile*, 2 commercial bus
occupants, 7 riding bicycles, 2 on farm equipment and 3 unknown.
On an Average Day in Minnesota
1 death and 83 injuries
Daily Cost to Society, $4,135,626
Daytime Seatbelt use is estimated at 94%. parts of Minnesota
In June of 1986 only 20% of drivers used a seatbelt. The northwest (67%) and southwest (76%)
parts of Minnesota had the lowest seatbelt use; the metro area had the best.
Of the 271 vehicle occupant deaths, 25% of these were either ejected or partially ejected from their vehicles.
95% of those ejected were not belted.
The most dangerous month this year was September with 48 deaths and 2582 injuries.
The most dangerous holiday period was New Year’s Eve with 7 deaths and 240 injuries
Severe injuries are on the decrease mainly because of seat belt use. But 44% (10% not known) of those killed were not wearing their seatbelts.
This rate is much higher than the 7% non-use by all drivers throughout the state.
Main contributing factors of crashes involving a single motorcycle were speed, driver inexperience, distraction and chemical impairment. Multi vehicle crashes attributed to the other vehicle are usually caused by -
failure to yield and driver inattention & distraction. 37% of all crashes are alcohol related
Pedestrian involved crash incidence increased in 2012 from 857 to 879. Deaths stayed the same but injuries increased. Most deaths happen in big cities during the two rush hours. December was the most dangerous month. 27% of pedestrians killed were over .10BAC. Ages 20 to 24 had the most deaths
and injuries. Most of those killed were crossing a street without a crosswalk.
Bicycle Crashes decreased from 963 (2011) to 920. The most dangerous time is from 3:00 – 6:00 pm in big cities. July was the worse month. Failure to yield the right of way was cited most often for both the
bicyclists and other motor vehicle drivers.
Driver inattention or distraction was the second contributing factor cited most often for the other drivers. 7 bicyclists,
all male, were killed and 875 were injured. Injuries decreased but fatalities increased. More bicycle crash facts are at this website http://www.sharetheroadmn.org/crash.html
Most crashes happen on clear days and during daylight hours
The population of Minnesota approached 5.32 million
Over 5 million motor vehicles are registered
There are over 4 million licensed drivers
57 billion miles were driven
There were 69,236 traffic crashes,
168,674 people were involved in these crashes
Total economic loss $1,513,639,100
Statistics taken from 2012 Crash Facts Minnesota Department of Public Safety
2012 MINNESOTA ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASH FACTS
There is a strong relationship between alcohol and the severity of a crash
Alcohol is involved in 7% or minor injury crashes, 13% of moderate injuries,
23% of severe injury crashes and 33% of fatalities.
82% of those who died in an alcohol related crash were themselves
the person whose drinking behavior caused the crash
*a crash is classified as “alcohol-related” if any driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist is shown by a chemical test to be positive for alcohol. Then any people killed or injured in that crash are classified as alcohol-related. The test does not need to be over .08 BAC. to be alcohol- related
Complied from Minnesota Crash Facts 2012, Minnesota Department of Public Safety. For more information go to their website at
Have you ever wondered when DWI laws were enacted, what was the laws in 1925 or 1985? Go to this website and scroll down to page 45.