Minnesota reaches grim milestone of 100 traffic deaths for 2015 after 3 die in wrecks

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Minnesota is seeing a faster pace than last year in traffic deaths following the death of three people in two wrecks this week.

The Tuesday collisions mark 100 deaths on Minnesota roads for 2015. The state Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that traffic deaths last year didn't hit 100 until May 21.

Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1DM4qMg ) reports that at this time last year, 92 people had died on Minnesota roads, including one motorcyclist and one pedestrian.

Public safety officials say not wearing a seat belt is a major factor in traffic deaths. Other common causes of fatal crashes are speeding, drunken driving and distracted driving.

Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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