Deadly Year So Far On MN Roads 20 Feb 14

The State Patrol says that the year is off to a deadly start on Minnesota roads, and drivers are being urged to buckle up and slow down. Nearly two-thirds of the 31 people who died from January 1st to February 12th were not wearing seat belts or were in speeding vehicles, and alcohol was a contributing factor in four of the crashes.  There were 21 traffic fatalities by February 12th of last year. Officials say it’s up to every person who gets behind the wheel to make a smart choice about how they drive, including by always buckling up, driving at safe speeds, never driving impaired and paying attention. A memorial website has been set up to bring perspective to the lives lost on our roads. The State Patrol says that www.minnesotacrashvictims.org allows crash victims’ families and friends to present meaningful remembrances of their loved ones, but it also requires families to enter crash details, such as seat belt or helmet use, as well as impaired or distracted driving.