Young drivers tally 60% of speed-related deaths in Minnesota - KMSP-TV

Young drivers tally 60% of speed-related deaths in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Young drivers accounted for nearly 60 percent of speed-related fatalities over the past three years in Minnesota, according to recent data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Conversely, drivers 65 and older were involved in 5 percent of speed-related deaths.

"Young drivers are more likely to engage in risky behavior such as speeding, putting themselves and others at greater risk of a serious injury or death," said Donna Berger, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety.

Speeding accounts for around 80 traffic deaths annually -- 243 deaths in the last three years, the DPS said. In order to curb all speeding fatalities, the DPS said it will be upping speed enforcement through July 21.

2010-2012: BY THE NUMBERS

Drivers under age 30 were involved in 138 (57 percent) of the 243 speed-related deaths

Drivers ages 30–64 were involved in 93 (38 percent)

Drivers ages 65 and older were involved in 12 (5 percent)

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