State Patrol Asks for Personal Accountability as Death on MN Roadway Increase Dramatically this Year
Minnesota — Traffic fatalities on Minnesota highways are up dramatically this year and speed appears to be a major factor in the increase. According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, they have reported 198 deaths on Minnesota roads so far this year, which is up from 148 at this point last year. Jesse Grabow with the Minnesota State Patrol says drivers appear to be overconfident and complacent with driving at high speeds.
Through campaigns such as Towards Zero Death, the Minnesota State Patrol has constantly been promoting safe driving and avoiding the major factors that result in traffic fatalities including speed, distracted driving, alcohol, and not wearing seatbelts. Grabow says its now up to us to take some personal accountability to protect ourselves and others.
Grabow adds simple physics indicate that the faster you are driving, the greater likelihood of not surviving a crash, even if you are wearing a seatbelt.
Of the almost 200 traffic fatalities, 78 of them involved speeding, which is the highest rate in a decade. The State Patrol has given out 550 speeding tickets for motorists reaching speeds of 100+ mph this year. Overall, troopers have written more than 38,800 speeding tickets.
Extra enforcement will be on Minnesota roads throughout the Independence Day holiday.