Despite far less traffic on the roads, fatal crash numbers have sky-rocketed in the last couple of weeks. There were 24 fatal crashes statewide between March 16 and April 3, according to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety. From 2015-2019, during the same time period, the average was 12. That’s an increase of 100% this year alone. State Patrol deputies say a lot of that can be attributed to speeding. “We are seeing an increase in high speeds. This time of year, we typically see a speed increase because of long winters and improving roads and with fewer vehicles on the road, they are going up significantly,” Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Troy Christianson said. “We’re having speeds commonly in the 100s. We need people to be aware of their speed and the dangers of speed.” As of April 15, this year’s fatality count sits at 77, compared to 74 during the same time period in 2019.


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