"Ask a Trooper"

"Ask a Trooper"

Question: Can you talk about staying safe on the 100 most traveled days?

Answer: Here is some information that was posted on the Department of Public Safety’s blog: “After over two months of staying at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, heading out on the open road sounds like just the ticket. And a lot of Minnesotans will likely make similar plans, even as they’re staying close to home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that sense of freedom can turn tragic if you’re driving distracted, speeding, driving while impaired, or driving unbuckled.

The 100 days from Memorial Day through Labor Day are most people’s best opportunity for a short road trip – especially now that people are starting to venture out after the stay at home order. They’re referred to as the 100 most traveled days on Minnesota’s roads. Unfortunately, those 100 days are also the most dangerous. Because even though that period only accounts for about a quarter of the year, over a third of traffic deaths tend to occur during it. Preliminary numbers for 2019, for example, show that 136 of the year’s 364 traffic fatalities happened during this 100-day stretch—that’s 37 percent.

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