State Patrol: Back to the basics for Memorial Day travel

As Minnesotans get ready to head out of town this Memorial Day weekend, the Minnesota State Patrol is reminding drivers that applying the basic rules of the road will mean a safe holiday. With more motorists traveling it’s important for all motorists to pay attention, drive well-rested and be buckle up.

Memorial Day is historically one of the deadliest on the state’s roadways; there were 42 motorists killed and over 1,560 motorists injured from 2005 to 2010. Last year, Minnesota had the safest Memorial Day on record with zero fatalities. Motorists can take Simple steps to avoid death and injury including using seat belts for every seat and every ride, paying attention, slowing down and not drinking and driving.

“We don’t have to experience crashes, deaths and injuries on Minnesota roads,” said State Patrol Public Information Officer Sgt. Curt Mowers. “Crashes are simply the result of poor decisions that result in driver error, and most are easily prevented. We need everyone to take personal responsibility for their own action behind the wheel on every trip.”

Drivers are also urged to plan ahead and to practice common sense, courtesy and compassion with other motorists. In addition, extra Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols are on roads now in Minnesota.

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