If you plan on going out for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, authorities said you’ll want to make sure you have a sober ride. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Thursday the State Patrol will have extra squads out over the weekend looking for impaired drivers.
With more snow forecasted to move through Minnesota over the next few days, the Department of Public Safety has reminded drivers to use extra caution. There were four fatal crashes throughout the state amid Monday’s snowfall, including one on Interstate 94 involving a jackknifed semi.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding motorists and motorcyclists to be especially cautious of deer in coming months, as they are breeding and more active this time of year. DPS says seven people have been killed in deer-motorcycle accidents so far in 2013.
More motorcyclists have died this year on Minnesota roads compared to last year at this time, according to officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Officials said 26 riders have lost their lives in 2013. There were 18 motorcycle deaths at this time last year.
Traffic safety officials say Minnesota last year saw its first increase in traffic deaths since 2007. The final crash report shows Minnesota had 395 traffic deaths in 2012. That’s a 7 percent increase from 2011, when 368 deaths were recorded.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that more than half of those who were not wearing their seat belts when they were killed in car crashes ended up being ejected from their vehicles.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is using the anniversary of last year’s deadliest day on the roads to remind motorists to focus on driving and staying safe.
Minnesota has hit 200 road fatalities for the year as a crackdown on drinking and driving continues through the Labor Day weekend, according to officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety released a report Thursday which shows that 68 percent of fatal accidents last year involved drivers who had blood alcohol levels of at least .16, which is twice the legal limit for driving.
A report released Wednesday said 368 people died in traffic crashes in Minnesota last year, and that figure is the state’s lowest in more than 60 years, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Minnesota officials say the number of alcohol-related deaths in the state last year was the lowest on record.
A report released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Thursday shows fatal accidents involving motorcycles are up 30 percent from this time last year.