The stretch from Memorial Day to Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads, according to the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety. Last year, 120 traffic deaths occurred during this time, 31 percent of total traffic deaths in 2016.
The Office of Traffic Safety reports 115 traffic deaths to date, compared to 125 deaths this time in 2016.
In response, troopers, deputies and officers will increase law enforcement throughout the summer.
More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in the Click It or Ticket campaign, which encouraged motorists to buckle their seat belt, during the Memorial Day weekend.
From July 7-23, law enforcement will focus on speeding motorists, and from Aug. 18-Sept. 3, the focus is on impaired drivers. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, about 250 injuries are caused by alcohol-related accidents every year.
Between 2012-2016, the number of drunk driving, speed and distraction-related traffic deaths has fluctuated.
But, compared to 2012, preliminary 2016 data has shown a slight decrease in total traffic deaths.
According to the data, speed, distracted driving, unbuckled seat belts and drunk driving are the leading causes of traffic deaths in Minnesota. The Office of Traffic Safety encourages drivers to not use their phone while they drive, to only move the vehicle if all passengers are buckled up, to slow down and to plan ahead and pick a designated driver before consuming alcohol.