Minnesota reached its highest number of traffic deaths since 2007 last year. 497 lives were lost in crashes on Minnesota roads and Mike Hanson with the Office of Traffic Safety says speed…

“Was the number one driving factor for the increase in fatalities in 2021.”

There were 162 speed-related deaths in 2021–a 33-percent increase from the year before. Also, last year, there were 124 alcohol-related deaths, 24 distracted-related deaths and 109 unbelted motorist deaths.