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Statistics show a significant decline in alcohol-related traffic deaths and serious injuries during the New Year's Eve holiday in Minnesota. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

New Year's Eve deaths, injuries on the decline, officials cite higher awareness

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WILLMAR -- The number of alcohol-related traffic deaths and serious injuries during the New Year's Eve holiday has dropped significantly in recent years, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

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The statistics appear to indicate that revelers are doing the right thing on the holiday by planning ahead for a sober ride or staying at the party location.

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