Speeding and reckless driving have increased since the pandemic. Why?

A state trooper pulls over a driver.
Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank pulls over a speeding driver on westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul.
Mark Zdechlik | MPR News file

Speeding and reckless driving have skyrocketed during the pandemic. Public safety officials say that speed is the biggest factor in deadly crashes in Minnesota.

So far this year there have been nearly one-third more traffic fatalities in Minnesota compared to 2020. 

Guest host Nina Moini talks about what’s behind the increase in reckless driving and fatal crashes and what we can do about it

Guests:

  • Nichole Morris is the director of the HumanFIRST Research Lab. She is also a researcher at UMN's Center for Transportation Studies. 

  • Ash Narayanan is the executive director of Our Streets Minneapolis

  • Ethan Fawley is the Vision Zero Program Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis. 

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