116 die during deadliest days on Minnesota roads


ST. PAUL -- August marked the first time in four months where fatalities dropped below 30 traffic-related deaths during a single month, Minnesota Department of Public Safety statistics show.
During the 100 deadliest days (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day), 116 people were killed on Minnesota roads. That’s 52 percent of all traffic fatalities so far this year and a decrease of five deaths from the same period in 2017.
Preliminary numbers show at least eight deaths are known to be caused by distraction, 32 are speed related, 30 involve alcohol, 17 were not wearing seat belts and 40 were motorcyclists. Of those 40 bikers, 70 percent were not wearing helmets, the DPS said.
During Labor Day weekend (Friday evening – Tuesday morning), officers, deputies and troopers made 408 DWI arrests, bringing the year-to-date total to 18,130.