An end-of-summer check on traffic deaths in Minnesota show some good news but still a lot of bad.  Mike Hanson with the state Office of Traffic Safety says although there have been about 10 percent fewer fatalities on Minnesota roads than at this time last year, the state is still well ahead of the five-year average:

“Pre-pandemic… 2019, we’re well ahead of where we were at that point, and we’re still seeing fatality numbers that we haven’t seen in more than a decade.”

Hanson says in 18 months the state erased 15 years of progress in reducing traffic deaths — although he says Minnesota *is* starting to regain ground — unlike many other states.  But Hanson says even with that, nearly 300 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year.