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116 people killed on Minnesota roads during 100 deadliest days of summer

There were 116 road deaths, including 40 people who were riding motorcycles.

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day is known as the 100 deadliest days of the summer on Minnesota roads, and this year's stretch of 100 days resulted in 116 deaths. 

Preliminary numbers show that the 116 fatalities accounts for 52 percent of all traffic deaths in Minnesota so far this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. 

Of the 116: 

  • 40 were motorcyclists
  • 32 were speed-related
  • 30 involved alcohol
  • 17 were not wearing a seat belt
  • at least 8 were distraction-related

Only 33 of the 100 days finished without at least one person dying on the roads. 

To put that in wide context, 220 people died in traffic crashes on Minnesota's roads from the beginning of January through the end of August, with July being the deadliest when 38 people lost their lives. 

Last year's 100 deadliest days of summer resulted in 121 deaths. 

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