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Law enforcement reminds motorists to stay safe on the roads

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--Four people have been killed in car accidents on Southeast Minnesota roads within 24 hours of the Fourth of July. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 59 deaths were reported in the past 10 years on the Fourth of July, of those, 58 percent were attributed to alcohol-related crashes.

According to MSP, warmer weather is one reason for more dangerous traffic, because people tend to drive faster in the summer. Distracted driving is another contributor to the high number of crashes during the holiday.

"Wearing your seatbelt is your greatest defense in a crash. Your chances of survival are 60 percent greater if you had your seatbelt on than if you didn't and also, it keeps you inside your vehicle where you belong,” said Dodge County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mark Dyshaw.

In June, Minnesota launched its statewide safety campaign asking motorists to hang up their phones and pay attention in work zones. The campaign which will continue through the construction season is part of the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths effort.

Minnesota's Department of Public Safety reported nearly 28,000 people are arrested in Minnesota for driving while intoxicated each year.

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