Traffic volumes are down in the state of Minnesota since the stay at home order went into effect in March. But Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol says there’s a surprising statistic so far in 2020.

“Traffic crashes are down, but our fatal crashes are up,” said Christianson. “That’s because people are traveling at higher speeds because of less traffic on the road. We have also head six motorcycle crashes this year, well ahead of last year’s pace.”

Christianson says the state patrol has been keeping regular staffing and hours during the pandemic.