Fatalities Increase Despite Less Traffic on MN Roadways in 2020

Fatalities Increase Despite Less Traffic on MN Roadways in 2020

January 7, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (1/7/20)

Minnesota — Despite statewide shutdowns and stay-at-home orders throughout the year, the state of Minnesota still saw increases in fatalities on roadways in 2020. Preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety indicate there were 394 traffic fatalities in 2020, up 30 from the 364 reported in 394. Despite there being less cars on the Minnesota roadways this year, Minnesota State Patrol Sargent Jesse Grabow says the data indicates the likely reason for the increase in fatalities was the increase in speeding.

While DWI citations were down significantly in 2020 and impaired driving related fatalities were down slightly, Sargent Grabow says drinking and driving was still a concern this year even with bars being shutdown for nearly a third of the year.

The Minnesota State Patrol will continue its many extra enforcement campaigns in 2021, including focuses on distracted driving, seat belts, and DWI, but Grabow says since speeding has been an issue this past year, they will focus especially hard on reducing speed on the roads this year.

There were 118 speed related traffic fatalities in 2020.