The Minnesota State Patrol has announced the start of high intensity patrols focusing on the deadliest traffic violations.

As the weather gets warmer, more people will be traveling Minnesota roads for vacation fun, family road trips and outdoor activities.

To help keep motorists safe, the Minnesota State Patrol is launching Project 20(22). Over five weekends in Ma​y through September, troopers will conduct high intensity patrols focusing on the deadliest traffic violations: speed, lack of seat belt use, distraction and impairment.​

Through May 8 of this year, there have been 95 traffic-related deaths on Minnesota roadways:

  • 26 were speed-related fatalities
  • 14 were impairment-related​
  • 8 were distraction-related
  • 24 were unbelted deaths

“We care about traffic safety all across Minnesota and want to stop the horrific increase in traffic deaths that struck Minnesota families the past two years,” said Col. Matt Langer, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol.

“This project allows our troopers to have a visible presence and protect motorists during busy times on our roads. Our message remains simple: buckle up, drive the speed limit, plan a sober ride and never drive impaired, and always pay attention.”