2014 Traffic deaths exceed 100

By KBJR News 1

2014 Traffic deaths exceed 100

May 21, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota has exceeded 100 traffic deaths so far this year following a motorcycle crash that killed two people and a single vehicle rollover last weekend, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety said.

"Despite having a safe start to the season this year, the tragedy of losing two riders over the weekend is a reminder that these are loved ones not returning home," Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center, Bill Shaffer, said. "To stay safe, we urge riders to take responsibility on their bikes by focusing on riding and taking a training course to sharpen and hone their skills."

There have been 102 traffic deaths since January 2014. At this same time last year, there were 99 traffic deaths with 8 of them being motorcycle accidents. The motorcycle deaths last weekend were the first since March 2014.

"There were no motorcycle fatalities in April. The last time April was fatality–free was 1990," the Minnesota State Patrol said.
The Office of Traffic Safety also notes that during April 11–20 there were 827 reported texting citations from 308 law enforcement agencies.

Ramona Marozas