More than 130 people lost their lives on Minnesota roads between Memorial Day Labor Day.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the 132 people killed represent 57 percent of all traffic fatalities so far, in 2019. That number is up from 123 fatalities reported during the same time period last year, the so called 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads.
According to a release from the State DPS, at least 10 of the deaths are known to be distraction-related compared with nine in 2018. 22 were not wearing their seat-belts in the fatal accidents, compared with 18 last year. Eight were pedestrians, compared with seven last year. Five were bicyclists, compared with three in 2018.
Speed related fatalities were down, 27 in 2019, compared with 32 in 2018, as were alcohol related fatal accidents, 32 this year compared with 44 last year.
33 traffic deaths this year were motorcyclists, compared with 43 last year. Of the 33 motorcyclists who died, 22 were not wearing a helmet, compared with 30 in 2018.
The DPS says there were 7,773 DWIs during summer 2019 compared with 7,050 during the summer of 2018.