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Safe Summer Driving

​As Minnesotans head to the lake or just kick back at home during the summer months,  the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS) reminds motorists to travel safely.

Recent fatal crashes have pushed the preliminary number of traffic deaths in Minnesota  29 percent higher this year, compared to  this time last year. And the three summer holidays are deadliest major holidays of the year on Minnesota roads.

Holiday Fatalities (2010 – 2014)

  • Fourth of July: 25
  • Labor Day: 24
  • Memorial Day: 22
  • New Year’s Day: 16
  • Christmas: 13
  • Thanksgiving: 13

DPS/OTS reminds motorists:

  • Buckle up – Lack of seat belt use accounts for about half of motorists killed.
  • Slow down – Speed contributes to one out of every four fatalities.
  • Pay attention – Distracted driving contributes to one in four crashes.
  • Always drive sober – In 2014, 88 people died from drunk driving-related crashes.
  • Look twice for motorcyclists – Motorcycles are smaller so they can be harder to see and their speed is difficult to judge.

Click it or Ticket: More Motorists Making the Right Choice

​Law enforcement in Minnesota saw a significant drop in seat belt violations during the most recent Click It or Ticket campaign. Law enforcement cited 32 percent fewer motorists for seatbelt violations and 37 percent fewer child seat violations in 2015 compared to last year.

More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated, and officers cited 7,393 motorists for lack of seat belt use from May 18 – 31. That compares to 10,874 seat belt citations during the 2014 campaign.

There were also 175 child seat violations compared to 279 last year.

Full details of the enforcement campaign can be found online.

Video Description: On June 30, 2014, Chris Weber picked up his cell phone while driving in Rock County to make a bank transaction. His choice led to the crash that killed Andrea Boeve, a mother of two who was bicycling with her young daughters in Rock County at the time. This video, Shattered Dreams: Distracted Driving Changes Lives, sends a powerful message about the lives destroyed by distracted driving and includes interviews with Andrea’s husband Matt and Chris Weber.