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Push to reduce traffic deaths in Minnesota

Garrett Short
Updated: October 20, 2020 10:12 PM
Created: October 20, 2020 05:48 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Law enforcement officials and the mother of a 17-year-old fatal crash victim in Mabel in Jan. of 2020 spoke in Rochester Tuesday, urging drivers to slow down and concentrate on the road.

Sarah Delaney has worked as a first responder for 15 years. But the call on Jan. 1 this year will always stick out.

"I proceeded around the car to help the driver and I looked down and I seen this crazy, wild hair that looked familiar. And I seen his bracelets and I realized it was my son," Delaney said.

The crash claimed the lives of 17-year-old Dylan Delaney and 15-year-old Spencer Douglas. Delaney and Douglas are two of over 300 people that have been killed in traffic crashes this year in Minnesota. That number is higher than last year's mark at the same time period. Law enforcement is asking people to slow down.

"Rules matter. We need people, quite frankly, to slow the hell down," Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Booker Hodges said.

"I have worked in EMS for 15 years and have responded to many accidents. If I could get one message out to the other drivers: slow down, put your phones away, drive sober, buckle up and concentrate on the road. It only takes a split second for an accident to happen," Delaney said.

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