100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads
Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads.
Preliminary numbers show the 100 day stretch last year accounted for 120 of the 392 fatalities, making up 31 percent of all the traffic deaths in 2016. The Friday before Memorial Day is traditionally a day when many motorists hit the roads for the long weekend.
To date, preliminary numbers by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic safety show 115 fatalities on Minnesota roads in 2017 compared with 125 this time last year.
Extra enforcement on Minnesota roads
Troopers, deputies and officers are now working overtime on Minnesota roads looking for motorists who fail to buckle up. More than 300 agencies across the state are participating in the Click It or Ticket extra enforcement campaign, which runs through June 4.
As the weather heats up, so do speeds. Extra enforcement targeting speeding motorists will take place July 7 — July 23.
Alcohol-related crashes not only take lives, they change them forever. An average of 253 life-changing injuries are caused by alcohol-related crashes each year. Extra impaired enforcement runs Aug. 18 — Sept. 3.
Speak up and save lives
• If you are with a driver who is distracted, speak up, tell them to put the phone down.
• Refuse to drive until every passenger is buckled up.
• Slow down —trying to save a few minutes off your drive isn't worth causing a crash.
• Plan ahead before you go out by designating a sober driver, and if you see a person who has had too much to drink, speak up and offer them a safe ride home.