Created: 07/03/2014 7:46 PM KAALtv.com
By: Meghan Reistad
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, drinking and driving is the leading cause of traffic deaths in the state. The 4th of July ranks as one of the deadliest holidays on Minnesota roads.
"Historically, there is 59 crash-related deaths involved in the 4th of July weekend, most of them stemming from DWI related accidents," said Trooper Jeff Mohs.
Extra enforcement will be out over the weekend, working to keep roads safe. Last year, 562 crashes occurred between July 3 to July 7 in Minnesota. Along with attempting to cut down on drunk driving, troopers will be enforcing seatbelt laws.
"The thing we want to make sure everyone is aware of is to buckle their seat belts. Seat belts do save lives," said Mohs.
Summertime means fewer weather related crashes, but more fatalities and serious injuries behind the wheel with drivers traveling at higher speeds. Law enforcement is encouraging drivers to put away distractions and focus on the road.
The Department of Public Safety encourages drivers to plan a sober ride home, buckle up and report drunk driving.