This year’s Memorial Weekend was deadly for motorists in Minnesota. Preliminary reports cited twelve traffics deaths. This was the next deadliest Memorial weekend since 1996.
State Patrol responded to 10 of the deaths and seven serious injuries. The deaths include seven motorists, two motorcyclists and a pedestrian. Sadly, of the seven motorist deaths, two were not wearing their seat belt. In addition, State Patrol investigators said seat belt use in a quadruple fatal in Olmsted County might not be known because of the extensive damage to the van that was hit by a suspected impaired driver.
The folks of Minnesota need to understand the ongoing threats on their roads. There are impaired drivers, speeders and those people not paying attention while driving. Summer is the deadliest time on the roads and Memorial Weekend starts the summer time driving.
Cheri Marti, DPS director of the Office of Traffic Safety underscores the relevance of the new primary seat belt law. The primary offense means drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint. Effective June 9, law enforcement can stop motorists for seat belt violations. Minnesota is the 29th state to pass a primary seat belt law following the recent passage by both Arkansas and Florida.
Wearing a seat belt is best defense behind the wheel especially against motorists who are impaired, speeding or driving distracted. Buckle up and don’t drive drink this summer!