As expected travel volumes were down across the state last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike Hanson director of the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety says while the overall number of crashes declined significantly in 2020, the severity of the crashes was exponentially higher. He says speed played a major role:
“In 2020 preliminary state there were 118 of the 394 fatalities were directly related to a speeding driver, which compares to 72 in 2019.”
Hanson says the state patrol saw an alarming increase in the number of drivers going 100 mph or more in 2020.