As this year’s death toll on the state’s roads approaches the highest number since 2007, the Department of Public Safety is urging drivers to slow down and pay attention.

“This is horrible and this is unacceptable, we’ve been pleading with Minnesotans about the traffic fatality crisis that’s been taking place since the start of the pandemic last year.”

Mike Hanson with the Office of Traffic Safety says speeding, in particular, has been a significant problem. There have been at least 124 speed-related deaths through October 14th–a 27-percent increase from this time last year.