The Gopher State is seeing a rise in traffic deaths. On Thursday, Minnesota reported its 200th traffic-related death for the year marking the earliest date to reach that mark since 2009. According to reports, 202 people have died on the roads this year compared to 148 this time a year ago. State Office of Traffic Safety Director Mike Hanson called the newly released data “unacceptable” and implored residents to drive smarter to protect others.