Department of Public Safety Commission John Harrington says Minnesota needs more State Patrol troopers.  He asked lawmakers for funding to hire staff and provide equipment for an additional 25 troopers during testimony Tuesday.  Harrington says the state hasn’t added any troopers for road patrol in the last 16 years:

“Additional troopers on the highway really make a difference in reducing the number of fatal crashes out there. And we think that’s an important part of state government responsibility.”

Harrington points to a 28-percent increase in traffic fatalities so far this year, adding the deadliest time for road travel – the summer months – is just about to start.  In the first four months of this year, law enforcement officers have issued more than 100 speeding tickets for drivers going more than 100 miles an hour.