Traffic fatalities increase but still below 2007
Minnesota's year-to-date traffic fatalities reached 200 this week following at least six traffic deaths since the 4th of July holiday travel period.
The preliminary 202 death count is 13 percent below the pace of last year's tally of 231. At this rate, the Department of Public Safety projects 475 deaths for the year, or an average of nine traffic fatalities per week.
Traffic deaths for 2008 include two bicyclists, 12 pedestrians and 22 motorcyclists.
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