The number of traffic-related deaths this year in Minnesota surpassed 100 this weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. A single-car crash Saturday in Alexandria took the lives of driver Howard Ogaard and passenger Beverly Palmer, who became the 99th and 100th traffic-related deaths of 2014.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) says their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will conclude this Labor Day weekend – a holiday period that averages 6 traffic-related deaths and 500 DWIs. According to the DPS, there were 17 traffic-related deaths, 32 life-altering injuries and almost 1,600 DWI arrests during the Labor Day holiday period from 2010-2012. In the past five years, there were 585 total drunk-driving-related deaths in Minnesota.