ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says in the last seven days, nine people have died in traffic crashes on state roads. It’s the deadliest period of time so far in 2011.
The fatalities include the deaths of a mother and her two daughters who died in a head-on collision Monday near Little Falls.
While the winter storm this past weekend was a contributing factor to some of the accidents, Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said ultimately, road safety is up to the driver.
“(It’s) not huge mistakes people are making. It’s just going a little bit too fast. It’s maybe pushing the envelope just a bit.” Roeske said. “(But) when conditions are less than ideal those small mistakes can certainly be deadly.”
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Adam Carter Interviews Lt. Eric Roeske
Despite the nine recent deaths, Minnesota has seen three fewer traffic deaths to date than this time last year.