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The weather has just been excellent as of late. It's great to see the grass greening up and no more mounds of snow taking up parking spaces. The problem is that better roads often means faster driving. It's probably not a coincidence. Often better days mean unfortunate increase in the numbers of deaths on Minnesota roads.

As of last week, there were 66 traffic deaths, up 47 percent from the same period last year when there were 45 at this time of year.

“This year we’ve seen a spike in vehicle deaths to start 2012,” said DPS spokesman Nathan Bowie. “While we don’t have official factors, it’s pretty clear the roads are in better shape because of the weak winter and motorists are traveling at faster speeds. We’ve also seen a trend of poor belt use. That combination has led to more serious crashes.”

As with bed weather, it's important that everyone SLOW DOWN. At a time when the number of overall road deaths is decreasing any sudden rises in horrible loses should be heeded.

As with any death in a Minnesota motor vehicle collision, there are a number of issues that will need to be reviewed. My partner, Joe Crumley, addressed this topic in a article for the Minnesota Lawyers Trial magazine. I was interviewed on the same topic. In any of these situations, our sorrow goes out to the families and friends of all those involved.

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