Fatalities & High Speeds Continue on MN Roadways

Fatalities & High Speeds Continue on MN Roadways

August 5, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Minnesota — Fatalities on Minnesota roadways continue to pile up. Traffic fatalities are up roughly 30 percent over this time last year and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Slowing down, by the way, is something drivers are apparently having a hard time doing, which is leading to a majority of the crashes. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, there have been 91 speed related deaths, which is up 42 percent from last year and 150 percent from two years ago. Jesse Grabow with the Minnesota State Patrol says the amount of people recklessly speeding on Minnesota roads has reached unprecedented numbers.

The Minnesota State Patrol will continue to have extra patrol on the roadways in the coming weeks, including this week in the Detroit Lakes where WeFest is taking place. Grabow notes that their point of extra patrol is to deter poor decisions.

Grabow was at this week’s National Night Out in Ada, where he was recognized by many as the “Ask a Trooper” for his columns in the area newspapers. He added that one question he’s been getting asked a lot about lately is what to do if your vehicle is stalled on the side of the rode.

And as always, Grabow encourages motorists to slow down, buckle up, and put away the distractions.