Memorial Day marks the start of the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota Roads

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(Mankato, MN) – The Memorial Day weekend is considered the gateway to summer, but the Minnesota Department of Public Safety cautions that it’s also the starting point of the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota raods.

The 100-day stretch goes from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Last year’s preliminary numbers how that 121 of the 358 fatalities on Minnesota roads happened during that period.  That’s 34 percent of all traffic deaths in 2017.

To date, there have been 109 fatalities on Minnesota roads in 2018, compared with 113 at this time last year.

To combat the problem, extra enforcement on Minnesota roads throughout the summer.  Law enforcement are watching carefully for unbelted motorists now through June 3.

From July 6- July 22, patrol units will be giving special attention to speeding drivers, and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over extra enforcement campaign will target drunk drivers from August 17 – September 2.

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