Traffic deaths drop in state, up in Sherburne

For the third year in a row, the number of traffic fatalities in Minnesota has dropped.
Sherburne County, however, didn’t follow that trend. The county saw the number of traffic deaths increase from 10 in 2009 to 15 in 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Traffic deaths in Wright County dropped from 14 in 2009 to six in 2010.
Many area cities, including Elk River, Dayton, Nowthen, Rogers, Princeton and Zimmerman, saw no traffic fatalities last year. There was one in the city of Big Lake and one in Ramsey.
Overall there were 411 traffic deaths in Minnesota in 2010 — the lowest number since 1944 when 356 people were killed.
The 2010 fatalities included 305 occupants of cars, pickups, SUVs, vans or trucks, 45 motorcyclists, 36 pedestrians, nine bicyclists and 16 in other motor vehicles. In total, 266 males and 145 females died.

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