The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is calling on motorists in the state to change their driving habits and slow down as deaths on Minnesota roads continue to spike.

D-P-S says just since Saturday 16 people have died on the state’s roads. That brings the total fatalities so far this year to 254, the highest year to date number in the last five years. Speed continues to be the most common contributing factor, accounting for 91 deaths, 27 more than this time last year, and 53 more than we saw in the first 7 months of 2019. Alcohol and unbelted motorists were the largest contributing factor in the majority of the other fatalities so far this year.