The Importance of Crash Data
Compiling accurate crash data is critical to OTS. Analyzing crash data allows officials and law enforcement to better address traffic safety issues — by understanding why and where crashes are occurring, and who is being impacted.
OTS produces documents concerning Minnesota's motor vehicle crashes. In addition, OTS houses the state's Fatality Analysis Reporting System analyst. Two major publications produced by OTS are Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts and the Minnesota Impaired Driving Facts.
2015 Distracted Driving Survey Available
To develop a baseline measure, a distracted driving survey was conducted to collect direct observations of distracted driving behavior. The survey was conducted from July 27 - Aug. 9, 2015 at 201 sites in 40 counties across the state.
2015 Observational Seat Belt Survey Available
The 2015 Observational Survey presents a data analyses of seat belt use by front seat occupants (drivers and outermost passengers), defined by vehicle type, age, sex, seating position, time of day and day of week. Included in the survey are results on cell phone use while driving and motorcycle helmet use.
High Risk Driver Analysis
Read the summary of a random telephone survey of Minnesotans for the purpose of examining the behaviors of Minnesotans with regard to a variety of risky driving behaviors. The results of the this survey help to better understand the characteristics of high-risk drivers in the state in order to inform efforts to improve driver safety.
Minnesota DWI Courts: A Summary of Evaluation Findings
Read the summary of a detailed process evaluation and outcome evaluation in nine Minnesota DWI court programs, and a cost-benefit evaluation in seven of these programs. The overall goal of the DWI court project was to have a credible and rigorous evaluation of the process and effectiveness of Minnesota’s DWI courts.
2014 CPS Booster Seat Survey Results
From July 12 -27 Child Passenger Safety Instructors and Technicians observed booster seat use of children 4–7 years of age in Minnesota. Observations were made at fast food establishments, shopping areas, parks and community centers, and libraries. Read a summary of the findings from the 2014 Observational Survey of Booster Seat Use in Minnesota.
Impact of Minnesota's Primary Seat Belt Law:
An Evaluation Update
The new evaluation report
presents an update on the Impact of Minnesota’s Primary Seat Belt Law. Since the law became effective in June 2009, there have been at least:
- 132 fewer deaths
- 434 fewer severe injuries
- 1,270 fewer moderate injuries
- $67 million in hospital charges avoided which includes close to $16 million in Minnesota tax dollars.
The statewide seat belt use rate is nearly 95 percent, and the law enjoys the support of more than 70 percent of Minnesotans 18 and older.
361 Killed on Minnesota Roads in 2014
A harsh winter and increased seat belt use in Minnesota contributed to fewer traffic fatalities last year. The 361fatalities in 2014 is a 7 percent decrease from 2013, yet represents a 35 percent decrease in fatalities from a decade ago.
View the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report for more crash data and find county-specific crash facts for 2014 and for the last five years.
Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2014 Highlights:
The state’s 2014 fatality rate is .63 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The U.S. fatality rate is 1.09. In 2013, (most recent national data), Minnesota was behind Massachusetts and Washington D.C. for the lowest fatality rate in the U.S.
The 361 fatalities involve motorists (278); motorcyclists (46); pedestrians (17); bicyclists (5); ATV riders (7); farm equipment occupants (1); snowmobile riders (4); commercial bus (1) and two unknown vehicle types.
Of the 361 fatalities, 88 (24%) were known to be drunk-driving related.
Of the 361 fatalities, 94 (26%) were known to be speed related.
Of the 361 fatalities, 61 (17%) were known to be distracted driving related.
In 2014, there were 29,439 people injured in traffic crashes, of which 1,044 were severe and life altering.
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2015 Impaired Driving Facts Report: 95 Killed in Drunk Driving Crashes
Last year 95 people were killed in Minnesota crashes involving a drunk driver, representing 39 fewer drunk driving deaths from a decade ago. Still, alcohol-related crashes account for one-third of the state's total traffic deaths annually. The drunk driving is a persistent problem; though DWI arrests in 2015 were at a 30 year low, 25,027 Minnesotans were arrested for DWI. Males accounted for 72% of DWI arrests last year, outnumbering females nearly 3:1. Over half of DWI offenders (53%) in 2015 were younger adults aged 20-34. The OTS annual report can be found on the Minnesota Impaired Driving Facts Page.
Key Findings in the 2015 report:
411 people died in traffic crashes in Minnesota and 95 (23%) were in crashes involving drunk drivers.
2,203 people suffered injuries in alcohol-related crashes.
25,027 motorists were arrested for DWIs, an average of 69 DWIs per day.
1,274 (5%) of the DWIs were issued to drivers less than 21 years of age.
One out of every seven licensed drivers in Minnesota has at least one DWI. The majority (58%) of those Minnesotans with a DWI have only a single incident on record.
Nearly half (49%) of DWI arrests are on the weekend (Saturdays and Sundays).
The average BAC for DWI offenders was 0.16g/dL. For drivers involved in a fatal crash, the average BAC among those who had been drinking was 0.19g/dL.
72 percent of motorists arrested for DWI resulted in a criminal conviction for driving while impaired; this percentage will increase as outstanding cases are settled in courts.
The Ignition Interlock program is growing. The number of interlock devices installed has nearly doubled in the last three years, from 5,276 in 2013 to 9,780 in 2015. Since 2013, 12,074 people have graduated from the interlock program.