Car crash fatalities increased in 2020, despite reduced traffic during the pandemic

    Traffic flows over the American Legion Bridge along I-495, the Capitol Beltway, on the day before the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 22, 2006 between Virginia and Maryland. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Minnesota state troopers announced they’re cracking down on speeding this month, as the pandemic wanes and summer travel season approaches. 

    Law enforcement noticed an uptick in speeding in 2020, according to the Department of Transportation, and drivers don’t seem to be slowing down yet. As of March 19, state troopers had issued 172 tickets to drivers going over 100 miles per hour, compared to 95 at the same time last year, according to the State Patrol.

    Here’s more on traffic safety in Minnesota, in five charts.

    Rilyn Eischens
    Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn is a Minnesota native and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.