Halfway through the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads

Safety officials say 66 killed so far in traffic accidents.

Posted: Jul. 18, 2018 1:45 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is just over halfway through the 100 deadliest days on the state’s roads.

The Department of Public Safety says the stretch between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day usually sees more traffic fatalities than any similar time during the year. This past Sunday was day 52 out of 100 and the DPS says preliminary numbers show 66 people have been killed in crashes. That compares to 67 traffic deaths through the same period in 2017.

The DPS says 19 of the deaths were speed-related, 13 were alcohol-related, and at least five were distraction-related. 24 of those killed were motorcyclists and 17 of them were not wearing a helmet.

A statewide extra enforcement and awareness campaign focused on speeding is currently underway until July 22.

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