ROSEVILLE, Minn. - A deadly weekend on Minnesota roads has prompted a warning to motorists from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Preliminary crash numbers suggest at least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads from 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 through 1 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, making it the among the top three deadliest weekends of the year.
Three of the eight weekend deaths were motorcyclists, which concerns state safety officials. So far in 2013 there have been 53 rider deaths, putting the state on pace for 68 deaths for 2013, up from 55 rider deaths in 2012.
While there is no clear indicator to blame for the increase in deaths, a handful of common crash factors are playing a role including rider error and motorist failure to yield the right-of-way.
DPS offers these reminders.
- Motorists - Watch for motorcycles, and always look twice before entering a roadway or changing lanes. Due to the smaller size of motorcycles, their speed and distance is more difficult to judge. Give riders room and check blind spots. Pay attention, drive at safe speeds and drive sober.
- Riders - Wear protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, riding gloves, boots, pants, jacket and eye protection. Pay attention to riding, ride at safe speeds and ride sober. DPS advises riders to take safety training courses to hone skills; more information at www.motorcyclesafety.org.
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