At least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend, (April 6–early Monday morning, April 8), making it the deadliest weekend of the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The eight deaths include five on Sunday, the deadliest day of the year. The Sunday fatalities included a three-fatality crash in Minneapolis and a motorcyclist, the second rider death of the year (the first occurred April 4).
“Tragic periods like this past weekend show how deadly our roads can turn,” says Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol. “The people who lost their lives in these crashes are the reasons we all need to take the task of driving seriously and make safe decisions behind the wheel.”
Roeske says motorists must buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and never drive impaired. He reminds motorists to drive alert and be prepared to react as more pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists return to the roads.
To-date in 2013, 71 have been killed in crashes, compared to 75 at this time in 2012.