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Road deaths rise 12% in MN between Memorial Day and Labor Day

They are the most traveled days over the course of the year.
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Fatalities on Minnesota roads rose during the period state officials dub the "100 deadliest days" for driving during the year.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has revealed the road death statistics from the period between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day, revealing that 152 in total died on state roads.

That represents an increase of almost 12% compared to the same period in 2019, when 136 died during the same period.

The 100 days between the two federal holidays represent the busiest time on state roads, and as such lead to a rise in serious crashes.

Of the 152 deaths during the period this year, 50 of them were speed-related compared to just 30 last year.

This comes after data during the spring suggested there had been an uptick in spring that coincided with the COVID-19 restrictions, as there were fewer people on state roads as Minnesotans observed social distancing.

In 36 of the deaths, the victims were not wearing their seatbelt, compared to 22 last year. Meanwhile, 27 of the 36 motorcyclists who died weren't wearing helmets.

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The number of pedestrian deaths during the 100-day period also doubled from 7 to 14.

There was a slight dip in alcohol-related deaths, down to 40 from 42 in 2019.

Road deaths in total are up this year, with 255 on the roads throughout the year compared to 246 by the same date last year.

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