By Matt McManusPublished Dec 01, 2018 06:58:33The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning motorists of a potential increase in the number of car crashes in the state, and it’s all thanks to the new helmet law passed in 2018.
The Minnesota Highway Patrol issued an alert Wednesday morning that said the state has seen a 35 percent increase in car crashes and a 39 percent increase for motor vehicle fatalities.
The Highway Patrol said that the increased number of collisions is due to the “recent adoption of the Minnesota Highway Safety Act, which requires all new passenger vehicles and vans manufactured or sold in Minnesota to have a seatbelt that complies with federal safety standards.”MHT’s statement said the law allows a vehicle manufacturer to comply with the Federal Highway Safety Standard and reduce its fuel economy by a maximum of 25 percent.
“This means a vehicle that previously would have cost about $1,500 more in a new vehicle could now cost about half that amount, according to the Highway Patrol,” the agency said.
“Minnesota’s average annual fuel economy for new passenger vehicle vehicles is 7.5 mpg, which is higher than the national average of 5.5.”
The Highway Safety Patrol added that it is working with state and local authorities to find ways to reduce the number and severity of crashes.