(KMSP) - Ten people lost their lives on Minnesota roads during a particularly deadly weekend on Minnesota roads, bringing the number of traffic fatalities in the state to 307, according to a Minnesota Department of Public Safety press release.
From motorcyclists to teenagers to two young men, “traffic fatalities have forever changed the lives of countless families who are feeling the shock and disbelief of a sudden loss,” the statement said.
This means that Minnesota has reached an average of one death per day, the department says.
Recently, a 16-year-old male driver died in a fiery crash in Norman County. Another incident involved best friends who were just 24 and 25 years old. They died early Saturday morning when their truck crashed in rural Morrison County. They were not wearing seat belts.
However, drivers are not the only ones at risk. Fall is considered the deadliest time of year for pedestrians. Recently, a 7-year-old boy was killed while crossing the street for the school bus. So far this year, 41 pedestrians have died, compared with 25 at this time last year.
Last year, Minnesota reached 300 deaths on Oct. 12.
This news coincides with the state’s Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs until Oct. 30. More than 300 law enforcement agencies will add extra patrols and education efforts reminding the public of the importance of seat belts. According to the department, 91 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads last year.
The department reminds pedestrians to:
Cross at a corner, a marked crosswalk or where a traffic light is present – this is the law.
Pay attention, look both ways before crossing, and make eye contact with drivers before entering the road to ensure the driver sees you.
Never cross in the middle of the road or walk down an interstate.
Wear bright-colored clothing when walking at night.
Additionally, drivers are reminded to:
Treat every corner as a crosswalk and stop for crossing pedestrians at all corners and crosswalks whether marked or unmarked — this is the law.
Drive at safe speeds, be alert for pedestrians, and stop for them when they are crossing.
Pay attention: Drive distracted-free. Driver distraction is a leading cause of pedestrian/vehicle crashes.