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A sobering reminder of the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads

100+ people have died during this stretch every year since 2012.

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. 

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Drive safe: We're entering the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads

Last year, 120 people died during the 100-day stretch.

Final numbers: 100 deadliest days of summer on MN roads

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

More than 100 people have died on MN roads in 2019

Seventeen pedestrians have been killed already this year.

3 dead in 3 separate crashes on Minnesota roads Thursday

333 people have died on Minnesota roads in 2018.

Road deaths in Minnesota were up across the board in 2018

380 people died in 2018, up from 358 in 2017.

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The snow is expected to bring heavy snow most of the day Friday.

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There have been at least five deadly crashes on Minnesota roads since Thursday.

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MN sees deadliest summer on the roads in more than a decade

More than 160 people died on Minnesota roads between Memorial Day and Labor Day.