ST. PAUL (AP) -- Summer is typically the deadliest season on Minnesota roads and this year is no different.
A dozen deaths resulting from crashes last weekend pushed Minnesota's year-to-date traffic fatality total to 311 on Friday and put the state on pace to surpass last year's state-record amount of traffic fatalities.
According to projections from the Office of Traffic Safety, a division of the Department of Public Safety, traffic fatalities this year could reach 685. Last year traffic deaths reached the 300 mark on July 24 and the year ended with 657 fatalities.
OTS Director Kathy Swanson said factors contributing to the increased number of accidents are higher incidences of speeding, increased travel and more recreational activities that involve alcohol consumption.
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