Minnesota traffic deaths down, but still above pre pandemic levels

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota is seeing fewer deadly crashes in 2022 compared to last year.

The Minnesota State Patrol says nearly 270 people were killed on Minnesota roads so far this year, while almost 300 died by this time last year.

The state patrol does say however that numbers are still well above pre-pandemic crash death levels.

To no surprise, authorities say excessive speed is still the top factor in deadly crashes in the state.