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397 Lives Lost in Traffic Crashes in 2020

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     Ahmed Mohamed Abdi, Scott Tyler Mead, David Allen McConnell, Donald Peter Sufka, Dareck Michael Thompson, Garrett Otto Larson, Kayla Michelle Phaneuf, Kenneth Charles Stover, Maya Laina Ayala, Dylan Roy Falling, Stacey Francis Gibson, Margaret Mary Simpson, Nicole Robin Dummer, Dean Lonnie Hecksel, Justin Paul Neubauer, David Gene Olson, William Weston Scott, Todd Jeffery Walker, D'Artagnan Scott-James Schlagel, Daryl Duane Heupel, Kay Marie Sanderfeld, Hassan Aquil Abdul-Malik, Tyler Joseph Fried, Alfredo Torres, Briana Marisa Vasquez, Kyle Lloyd Thompson, Allen Gene Lind, Marisa Ann Rasmusson, Troy Alan Birkholz, Ryan John Marvin Klenken, Randy Jay Heineman, Brian Lee Johnson, Gary Lee  Pressley, Hank Lee Engel, David Paul Henrickson, Shivnarine Samogan, David Sidney Weimer, Thomas Michael Olson, Jude Walter Olson, Joan Vera Vivant, Jeffrey Paul Dale, Richard Dennis Lecocq, Dusty Daniel Duchene, Tricia Jean Lanthier, Martin Dale Plaisted, Reed Richard Pastwa, Connor Jacob Waage, Kermit Frederich Dicke, Joshua Curtis Holter, Melissa Clara Yapput, Terrance Michael Egan, Matias Arkiel Jefferson, Antonio Borissov Krastev, Patricia Diane Mylonas, Lexus Shyann Clark, Kasandra Lee Krumm, Durlin William Astle, Blake Lee Nohre, Samuel Dean Leedom, George Michael McNeill, Frank William Norris, Keith Allan Perrault, Travis Juan Vargas, Gregory Gurard Keimig, Carly Ann Sweet, Jodi Ann Zenti, Robert Eugene Arnold, Carrie Elizabeth Callin, Michael Thomas McCauley, Jesse Lee Muellner, Natasha Sherel Richard, Jared Ray Hortian, Ivan Henry Schultz, Danial Wayne Severson, Michael Kelly Brannan, Ke'shia Laray White, Chue Xiong, Dennis Paul Fennern, Phillip Ladamire Gutter, Mark Paul Haak, Megan Marie Elizabeth Haak, Donald Charlie Eastman, James Michael Daley, David William Evans, Abby Gayle Redmond, Jason William Roberts, Garrett Riley Damlow, Gordon William Baldwin, Chuck Thomas Considine, Keith Rector Rector, George Leon Hawthorne, Ayriona Marie Derheim, Leonard Lewis Holmer, Nancy Marlene Holmer, Laura Lynn Loge, Alicia Ann Storms, Thomas John Wolbeck, William Maurice Jackson, Earl Stephen Pofahl, Deuang Chanthalakeo, Amy Metzen, Sincere Yero Page-El, Benjamin Berhanu, Tia Rasheda Cochran, Steven Thomas Weber, Robert William Kirscht, Troy Bradley Bloom, Nolan Elliot Osborne, Douglas Clair Hudson, Charles Greg Sklavos, Phillip Malcolm Adams, Kaili Ann Rambow, Rachelle Marqita AL-Amin, John Paul Burke, Ramona Lynn Pekarek, Kyle Roger Berquam, Marbin Alfonso Sanchez Maldonado, Michael Kurt Spleiss, Kerry Lea Heiniemi, Pamela Kay Woltjer, Eric Jeffrey Leroux, Dean Virgil Ahrens, Michael Jerome Manos, James Joseph Amarosa III, Russell Paul Heitzman, Khadija Ahmed Hussein, Timothy Frank Nordmeyer, Ezequiel Angel Balderas, Lorn Mercedes Lund, Yomari Rojas Rosado, Tia Marie Ehmke, Michael Jeffery Evjen, Chris Dillman, Kenneth Vincent Taylor, Youa Moua, Christopher Lee Chappuis, Nathan Dean Heimdal, Kasey Rynae Hix, Jonathan Harley Jones, Paul Everett Magner, Thomas Lee Schwerzler, Matthew Brian Karty, Alfred Sulong Mulbah, Garret Christopher Warnke, Rausie Jo Cummings, Gerald Bruce Jacobsen, Adam Michael Miles, Emigdio Gonzalez Tobon, Joseph John Herold, Anthony Louis  Makela III, Kathryn Mary Clark, John Thomas Gill, Derek Ryley Keeney, Chance Evan Bertrand, Choulykor Vue, Jerry Dean McDowell, Sharon Marie McDowell, Tiffany Rennee Madison, Dhanjal Dhanwant Singh, Melissa Maria Kalinoski, Michael Ray Bendel-Stenzel, Shelley Ann Burgau, George Edwin Kline, Michelle Louise Shea, Jessica Ardette Hanks, Brandon Dale Lenoue, Kevin Louis Vandewalker, Angela Joyce Wanta, Stacy Elmer Walls, Michelle Ann Marcil, Amber Rose Gorentz, Brienne Regan Brodie, Jupiter Yang, Jean Marie Sullivan, Eric Ryan Almquist, Dreu Allee Davis, Jamie Rebecca Hallberg, Brian Wayne Cooper, Diane Louis Christianson, Steven John Christianson, Cheryl Rose Thull, Scott Alan Zoerb, Scott Charles Smith, David Allen Smoker, Kathleen Ann Lehman, Adam Frank Zaccardi, Richard Lester Banidt, Bobak Barjasteh, Abdiqadar Yunis Abdi, Hussein Hassan Noor, Mark Edwin Heck, Kori Jo Jendersee, Myra Kay Ahrenholz, Daniel David Wagner, Bryce Greggory Peterson, Michael Joseph Marok, Douglas Craig Johnson, Brad Robert Grunig, Logan David Dewitz, Marie May Majaski, Randal James Thom, Cody Alan Sutton, Karla Rae Fabel, Andrea Elizabeth Nyberg, Matthew Allen William Ford, George Menchaca, Preston Scott Spenst, Larysa Bak, Christopher John Novotny, William Jay Evans, Alex Nichols Vogt-Wurm, Richard William Kleinschmidt, Tod Allen Wilkinson, Orvis Harold Olson, Beverly Jo Leathers, Dylan Allen Delaney, Kurt Robert Roiger, Albert Fredolin Sellner, John William Siewert, Maria D Alvarado, Michael Douglas Corcoran, Ryan Wesley Hobot, Kyle Jason Hegna, Ravaunne Shetia Kendrick, Jonathan Raymond Mueller, Naomi Sue Peterson, Aaron Glen Lloyd, Troy Lee Eggers, Anthony Joseph Mancino, Trisha Lea Maher, Lual Alal Omot, Tommy John Schultz, Kurt Dwane Howe, Solomon Hailu Kelkle, Keith Prescott Crape, Kevelyn Nicole Hopkins, Marissa Susan Nelson, Donald Anthony Welter, Donald Bernard Heid, Antonio Padilla Ibarra, Eduardo Padilla, Casey Daniel Knutson, Werner Grant Remmen, Grace Elizabeth Zimmerman, Blake Ryan Asher, Gary Lee Wagner, Jacob Paul Gappa, Troy Lee Velde, Cory Herman Hoesley, Pamela Ann Schmidt, J Buyamah Cooke, Robert Joseph Hutchins, Richard Joseph Segers, Ricky Leroy Tomfohrde, James Robert Wilcowski, Nicole Leah Schloegl-Bartkowicz, Caleb John Herrera-Shanley, Landon Ray Rogers, Dale Allen Hansey, Devon Lizbeth Doherty, Dennis Allen Williams, Gary Jerome Schmidt, Larry King Brown, Peggy Jo Annette Erickson, Joyce Ruth Chapek, Anthony Job Janisch, Oliver Jermain Watkins, Catherine Lynn, Brian Keith Kuseske, Douglas Alan Erickson, Justin David Lipinski, Angela Marie Thompson, Mark Douglas Johnson, Raymond Lawrence Nelson, Benjamin Robert Kaiser, Michael John Borresen-Berg, Maxwell Araka Chacha, Wycliff Mose Chacha, Tor Tyler Heglund, Susan Renee Sina, Gary Kim Vergin, Dane Eric Christenson, Bradley Ronald Adkins, Raymond Melvin Finberg, Diane Marie Small, Ayan Mohammed Yogol, Richard Lamonte Provost, Matthew Kin Johnson, Gerald Francis Bahr, Linda Glenville Goude, Patrick John Kraker, Deonia Takarrian Lewis, Judith Lynn Pierce, James Mark Smith, Russell William Bangert, Jacquelyn Sue Gallipo, Kevin William Patterson, Pamela Lou Benson, Mark Clifford Hanson, Jeffrey Scott Sahli, Connor Michael Throener, Derek Joel Krieger, Ahmud Quadir Carrington, Jama Omar Isse, Lisa Marie Torell, Richard Joseph Jacobson, Steven Everett Million, Angel Domingo Canongo Aguilar, Danielle Marie Johnson, Gary Vern Eisentrager, Kyle Edward Love, Joel Paul Rupert, Howard Paul Schultz, Jan'Qwes LanTya Ronaye Tivis, Abigail Lucille Grabow, Amy Prince Grabow, Merle Mae Schlueter, Don Thomas Garnett, Kristina Marie Lindquist-Abel

Reported names as of November 2020.

​This year: 8 deaths on Minnesota roads. Prevent tragedy. Drive smart.

Preliminary as of Jan. 22.

What's New?


Careless Smoking: A Tragedy Waiting to Happen

A pack of cigarettes and newspapers on the arm of a burning chair

Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires each year in Minnesota.

That’s why the State Fire Marshal Division is working hard to raise awareness about the dangers of careless smoking.

We know smoking is a hard habit to break, but we’re asking those who do smoke to do so outside and properly extinguish their cigarettes in a sturdy container filled with sand or water. We’re reminding them to have working smoke alarms in their homes​. We’re showing them how careless smoking is a tragedy waiting to happen.

This video featuring footage from a live burn this fall shows how quickly and easily a smoking-related fire can start, spread and turn deadly. If you smoke, please watch it. If you don’t smoke, please share it with a friend or loved one who does.

Nobody wants to lose someone in a fire. Reminding those you love the dangers of careless smoking could help save lives.

Honor the Dead by Planning Ahead

A car crash scene with two troopers doing crash reconstruction

Most of us would probably like to simply forget 2020 ever existed. The temptation is to wipe the slate clean and move on. But if we do that, we risk not learning. And if we forget the nearly 400 people who died on Minnesota roads in 2020, we dishonor their memories. Instead, we remember each one of them, and keep talking about how and why they died so that we can prevent more tragedies. Preliminary reports show there were 398 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2020, compared with 364 in 2019.

This blog will show you how to plan ahead to help keep Minnesota roads safer in 2021.

​​DPS Limits Some Services in Response to COVID-19

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) has adjusted or limited some services. For the latest service updates, visit our DPS Response to COVID-19 page.

DPS is continuing to operate with many staff members working remotely to ensure social distancing.

Thank you for your patience as we all work together to get through this situation.

Featured Video

Video Description: Most smoking-related fire deaths happen inside homes where a smoker improperly extinguishes a cigarette. This video explains how tragedy strikes.