Nine people died in traffic deaths Saturday, April 6 through early Monday April 8 in Minnesota, making it the deadliest weekend of 2013.
According to law enforcement officers, traffic accidents usually involve at least one of four preventable factors — speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving or an unbuckled motorist. This was true in several of the weekend’s fatalities, three of which occurred in Olmsted County.
State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske, speaking about the weekend fatalities in the Twin Cities, implored motorists to buckle up, drive at safe speeds and pay attention. The National Traffic Safety Administration says summer is the deadliest driving season, with August being the deadliest month. Saturday is the most hazardous day to be on the road and the most dangerous time to drive is between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Most accidents occur within 5 miles of home, so buckle up even if it’s a short drive to a convenience store. While you’re at it, put the cell phone away. No call or text is so important it can’t wait until you’ve reached your destination. Be watchful at all times behind the wheel. Collisions can happen anywhere, not just at intersections.
More highway safety tips and full article via Rochester Post Bulletin.
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