Such is the concern over the spate of deadly road incidents in the Twin Cities, a Minneapolis school has taken the unusual step of issuing a warning to its students.
North High School posted a messages on its Facebook page in which it states "driving in the Metro has become deadlier than ever."
"We’ve seen the widening neglect of traffic laws, the absence of traffic stops in Mpls, the car chases, the fatal outcome of a high-speed police pursuit in our city & a road rage incident turned murder on one of our highways; all in a matter of days," it says.
As the school says, the past week has seen two high-profile deadly incidents on metro roads: the apparent road rage killing of baseball coach Jay Boughton on Hwy. 169, and the death of Leneal Frazier, whose car was struck by a Minneapolis PD squad car that was chasing a carjacking suspect.
There have also been numerous gatherings of street racers – with a 19-year-old woman killed by a stray bullet at one in June – a nationwide spike in carjackings, and a worrying rise in fatalities on Minnesota roads impacting both drivers and pedestrians.
According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, there have been 216 fatalities on Minnesota roads this year so far, compared to 156 at the same point in 2020.
The North High School post advises students to "drive defensively and with constant caution," keep their seat belts on and phones down, slow down at every intersection, and "let people go by you if they need to."
It says it has also connected its graduating seniors with legal apps "to access for their protection."
It concludes: "If someone’s driving crazy, let them be crazy by themselves & move away from them.
"Road rage is real & it’s not worth losing your life over a lane change.
"And if you’re a passenger with a funny feeling about someone, do not get in the car with them. Have a lifelong mindset. Not a minute long one."