The 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads – Memorial Day through Labor Day – are upon us and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is offering sobering statistics to help make sure drivers use caution this summer.
Last year, 121 people died on Minnesota roads during the 100-day stretch, accounting for more than a third of all driver-related fatalities in 2017.
At least 118 people have died during the 100-day stretch each of the last six years, amounting to a total of 789 dead (2012-2017).
Of those 780, drunk-driving was a factor in 180 deaths, speeding in 132 fatalities, 109 by distracted drivers. Another weren't wearing a seatbelt when they were killed.
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So far this year, 109 people have died on Minnesota roads, down slightly from 113 at this time last year.
Extra seatbelt enforcement is happening now through June 3 with the Click It or Ticket campaign. Increased speeding enforcement is scheduled July 6-22 and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is scheduled for Aug. 17 - Sept. 2.
The DPS says an average of 276 life-changing injuries occur every year in Minnesota as a result of alcohol-related crashes.