Minnesota has reached 100 deaths on its roads at the earliest date in the past six years (April 21st). Mike Hanson, director of the state Office of Traffic Safety says it doesn’t bode well as Minnesota gets into its busiest driving time of the year:

“There is one contributing factor that is by far and away leading the charge on this, so to speak, and that is speed:   excessive speed, extreme speed.”

Hanson says motorists not wearing seatbelts is also contributing to traffic fatalities.   He stresses speed-related crashes are totally preventable. 102 people have died on Minnesota roads since January 1st, compared to 82 last year at this time.