MARSHALL (KMHL) – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says 364 people were killed on Minnesota roads in 2019.  The preliminary numbers on fatalities show a decrease from 2018, but officials say too many people are still dying on the roads.

“When you break that down and figure it, it’s roughly about one per day,” said Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Casey Meagher. “That is one family, that is one friend, that is one neighbor that has tragically lost their lives on Minnesota roadways in Minnesota over the course of the past year.”

The other troubling problem, according to Meagher, is that a third of the fatalities on Minnesota roads involved alcohol.

“It’s ok to go out and have a good time with your family and friends, but just to make sure that we do have someone designated to get you home at the end of the night, or staying at the place you’re having your festivities at.”

Meagher notes that almost 200 people were arrested for DWI over the 48 hours around New Year’s holiday in the state of Minnesota.