ST. PAUL — Preliminary crash reports indicate at least four people were killed in traffic crashes during the Memorial Day weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. Two of the three vehicle occupants killed were not buckled up.
Approximately 360 people were arrested for DWI during the holiday weekend.
Four Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Deaths
• In Douglas County at 2:03 a.m., Sat., May 25, a 19-year-old male on I-94 was killed when the vehicle he was riding in was passing another vehicle and sideswiped it, causing his vehicle to lose control and roll. The 19-year-old male was not buckled up; the other two men involved in the crash were belted and suffered no/minor injuries.
• In LeSueur County at 7:58 a.m., Sat., May 25, a 24-year-old female driver was killed on Hwy. 112 when her vehicle left the road and vaulted, hitting a power pole.
• In Hennepin County around 5 p.m., Sat. May 25, a 49-year-old male pedestrian was killed as he was walking on the road with traffic when a vehicle crossed the center line and struck him.
• In Morrison County at 4:44 p.m., Mon., May 27, an 81-year-old woman driver was killed on U.S. 10 when her vehicle was broadsided by an oncoming vehicle as she attempted to make a left turn. She was not buckled up.
There were four deaths during the holiday weekend in 2012; zero deaths in 2011; nine in 2010; 13 in 2009; and two in 2008. Of these 28 road deaths, 14 were drunk driving-related.
4,316 Ticketed for Belt Violations as Click It or Ticket Continues
Since the start of a statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign on May 20, at least 4,316 motorists have been cited for seat belt violations (preliminary). Extra belt patrols are on the roads through June 2. Drivers and all passengers, including in the back, must be belted. Children must be in the correct child restraint or booster seat.
Minnesota Road Deaths Up in 2013
Minnesota traffic deaths topped the 100-death mark for the year last week. To-date, 112 people have been killed in crashes, up from 99 at this time in 2012.
DPS officials are reminding motorists to make safe, smart decisions behind the wheel as the summer months are historically the deadliest due in part to a spike in drunk driving and vehicles traveling at faster speeds.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the Office of Traffic Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) designs, implements and coordinates federally funded traffic safety enforcement and education programs to improve driver behaviors and reduce the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Minnesota roads. OTS also administers state funds for the motorcycle safety program and for the child seats for needy families program.
OTS is an anchoring partner of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) traffic safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.
Office of Traffic Safety Highlights