Slow down, buckle up and put the distractions away. That’s the message from law enforcement as we begin what are typically the 100 deadliest days on the road.

“We don’t want this to be your memorial day or we don’t want you to make this someone else’s memorial day, so it takes everybody making good, safe decisions behind the wheel.”

Mike Hanson, director of the Office of Traffic Safety says preliminary numbers show 98 fatalities on Minnesota roads in 2020 compared with 102 this time last year–that’s even with traffic down due to COVID-19.