Drivers caught speeding over 100 mph triples during Stay at Home order

DWIs have also been rising after initially dropping after the start of Stay at Home.
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With fewer vehicles on the roads during the Stay at Home order, more drivers have been taking liberties with the state's speed limits.

That's according to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, which said that between Mar. 27 and Apr. 13, there were 78 citations issued for speeds of 100-plus mph.

That compares to just 22 tickets issued during the same period last year for such speeds. And despite GPS and cellphone tracking data showing a significant decrease of people on the roads in Minnesota, it's not had any affect on the number of fatal crashes.

As of May 6, there have been 93 deaths on Minnesota roads, compared with 92 at the same time in 2019.

And since the lockdowns began on March 16, there have been 45 deaths between then and May 4, the most there has been during that same time period since 2015, when there were 53 deaths.

It comes ahead of what is likely to be one of the busiest weekends on the roads all year, as hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans head to the lake for the fishing opener.

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The Minnesota State Patrol says it will be increasing its traffic enforcement this weekend on interstates and highways that lead to popular fishing areas.

They'll also be on the lookout for drunk drivers, with the number of DWIs having increased in recent weeks after initially dropping during the early stages of Stay at Home.

Over the long weekend of Mar. 29-Apr. 1 there were 94 DWIs issued, but that has risen each weekend since, with 164 handed out this past weekend.

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