Preliminary figures from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety show 364 people have died on Minnesota roads since January 1st. That compares with 364 fatalities in all of 2019. The DPS’s Mike Hanson says with fewer vehicles on the road during the 2020 pandemic, the loss of life on Minnesota roads is “beyond disappointing”. He’s urging drivers:

“We gotta watch our speed, as we get into the slippery season, we’re not seeing our speeds go down like we typically do and as a consequence speed-related fatalities and injuries are really, really up this year and that’s a significant concern for us.”

Hanson is also urging drivers to buckle up and put away the distractions when we’re behind the wheel.