LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT) - More than half of the traffic fatalities so far this year happened during the 100 Deadliest Days, a time period known to see an uptick in fatal crashes involving teenagers. There were 132 deaths during the summer, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Fifty-seven percent of all traffic fatalities this year happened between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.
Fatal crashes involving speed, alcohol or motorcycles are down from last year. Preliminary numbers show that out of these deaths in 2019:
- At least 10 were distracted related
- 27 were speed related
- 32 were alcohol related
- 22 motorists were not wearing their seat belts
- 33 motorcyclists were killed, 22 of whom were not wearing a helmet
- Eight were pedestrians
- Five were bicyclists
A statewide extra enforcement and awareness campaign took place between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2. There were 7,773 DWIs recorded during the summer, compared to 7,050 during the summer of 2018.
Authorities encourage motorcyclists to wear brightly colored protective gear, stay focused on riding and take a training course. Drivers should look twice for motorcyclists before entering a roadway or changing lanes, give riders room and drive at safe speeds.
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