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Published March 18, 2012, 09:08 PM

Traffic deaths up from this time last year in Minnesota

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Traffic deaths in Minnesota are up from this time last year. This may be because of our warm winter.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Traffic deaths in Minnesota are up from this time last year. This may be because of our warm winter.

With the lack of snow this winter you may have thought the road ways would have been safer, but the Minnesota State Patrol says less snow equals higher speeds.

Grabow: "A lot of that has to do with, being that we did have more of a mild calm winter in the sense that the roads, weren't as affected with snow pact ice, things like that."

This year there have been 59 deaths, which is up from 40 at this time last year.

Why the increase? Sargent Grabow says people may think roads are safer, so they drive at higher speeds and use less caution.

Typically there are more crashes with snow on the roads, but normally when there isn't the severity of the crash increases.

Grabow: "So anytime you start getting the speeds up there the crash then becomes that much more violent, resulting in the more severe injuries and the significant number of increase in fatalities we have had."

Grabow says regardless of the weather conditions you should always pay attention, don't drink and drive, don't text and drive and always buckle up

The year's first motorcycle fatality happened last Tuesday in Lake Elmo.

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