Three killed on state roads over holiday weekend
Three people lost their lives on Minnesota roads over the Memorial Day weekend, beginning May 23.
According to preliminary information: A motorcyclist was killed in Wright County on May 23; an unbelted passenger was killed Sunday night in Rice County; and a driver was killed in Le Sueur early Monday morning.
These three fatalities pushed the state’s preliminary annual traffic fatality count to 111, one less than this time last year. The motorcycle fatality was the fifth of this season, compared to 10 at this time last year.
In total, there were 466 crashes (preliminary) statewide, including 228 injures.
Preliminary numbers also show 425 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) over Memorial Day weekend.
The Minnesota State Patrol offers tips to prevent drunken driving:
• Plan for a sober ride. Designate a sober driver, use public transportation or a taxi cab.
• Make plans to stay at the location of the celebration.
• Offer to be a designated driver or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
• Buckle up, the best defense against a drunk driver.
• Report drunk driving. Call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.
Law enforcement will continue its Click It or Ticket Enhanced Enforcement statewide, with extra patrols for seat belt and car seat use through Sunday.
Despite a record-number of Minnesotans using their seat belts, 94.8 percent, a significant number, 41.3 percent of motor vehicle occupants who were killed in the last five years were not wearing seat belts.
Minnesota’s seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint. A seat belt ticket can cost between $25 to more than $100.