ROCHESTER, Minn.- It’s natural to see more people out on the roads but police are warning you to not let the sunshine distract you too much. We talked Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin. he says in the warmer months drivers are more likely to speed and there aren't as many officers devoted to traffic enforcement. Kristina Hufnagle is a student at the University of Minnesota-Rochester. She says it's been cold for so long, it's easy to feel distracted by the warm weather when behind the wheel.
“It was nice yesterday and i had my windows down and my music up a little bit and had to remind myself...alright focus.”
We also spoke to the Minnesota state patrol. We learned that the number of fatal vehicle crashes also tends to go up during the warmer months. that's because winter crashes often happen at slower speeds.
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