The number of traffic fatalities is on the rise across the state outpacing where we were at last year at this time. Office of Traffic Safety Director Mike Hanson says the big four contributing factors are; lack of wearing a seatbelt, impaired driving, distracted driving, and excessive speed:

“Of those four there are really two that are driving that increases that we’re seeing above the others and that is speed and in many cases really excessive speed and impaired driving.”

Preliminary reports show 285 people have lost their lives on Minnesota roads so far in 2020, compared with 263 this time last year.