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NEW TEXTING AND DRIVING PUBLIC SERVICE CAMPAIGN SHOWCASES "DEADLY THUMBS" AND THE TEXTING "TECHNIQUES"


Wed, Aug 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is launching a print and radio public service announcement campaign to educate motorists about the state's two-year-old texting-while-driving law. The campaign supports a one-day enhanced enforcement of distracted driving laws occurring tomorrow, Thursday, August 5. Around 100 law enforcement agencies are participating in the effort.

The campaign includes a series of print ads that compare texting thumbs to serious weapons - such as guns, grenades and aircraft dive-bombers. On the radio side, three spots mimic sensational TV news promotions from "Minnesota's station for news" and its investigative exposés on various texting and driving techniques. Download the creative athttps://mndeptpublicsafety.sharefile.com/d/s62363c9d1b74288a,

or visit www.dps.state.mn.us/ots and click on the "Distracted Driving" link on the left side.

The DPS campaign is also supported by co-branded AT&T television spots that feature actual texts sent or received by victims of fatal or serious injury crashes.

"We're reinforcing that there are serious dangers associated with texting while driving," says Cheri Marti, DPS director of the Office of Traffic Safety. "No matter how important you think the text you are sending or reading is, it's not worth endangering others' safety and causing a crash."

Driver distraction is a leading factor in crashes in Minnesota, accounting for around 25 percent of all crashes annually, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 injuries. DPS reports these numbers are vastly underreported due to officers' challenges of determining "distraction" as a contributing crash factor.

In 2008, it became illegal in Minnesota for drivers to read or compose texts/emails, and access the Web on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic, such as at a stoplight. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time. There are other distracted driving laws that address a driver's duty "to drive with due care."

DPS offers these tips to minimize distractions:

· Cell phones - turn off cell phones, or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial/answer or text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle calls/texts.

· Music and other controls - pre-program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and AC/heat before tra .....
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BCA selects new breath test instrument vendor

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has entered into a contract to purchase a new fleet of breath testing instruments for use by Minnesota criminal justice agencies.

National Patent Analyt ..... 
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Hennepin Avenue's SEVEN opens its heart and its doors to 2 injured firefighters

Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Minneapolis, MN (July 27, 2010) - A shout of "Mayday!" crackled over the scanner - a word every firefighter dreads.

A fiery burst blew out of the roof of the three-story home. Firefighter Jake LaFerriere hung on for life from a window before ..... 
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STATE ON PACE FOR LOWEST TRAFFIC FATALITIES SINCE 1944

Wed, Jul 21st, 2010
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ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reports the state is on pace to have the lowest number of traffic deaths since 1944, despite at least three weekend deaths that pushed the 2010 total ..... 
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SPEEDING DRIVERS ON THE RADAR FOR JULY ENFORCEMENT

Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - To counter the trend of motorists increasing speeds during summer, Minnesota law enforcement agencies are stepping up speed patrols in July. The added speed enforcement is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), whi ..... 
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JUNE DWI ARRESTS: 125 BUSTED IN STATE'S 13 "DEADLIEST" COUNTIES FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - State Patrol Troopers, County Deputies and City Officers partnered to arrest 125 impaired drivers in June during enhanced DWI patrols in the state's 13 counties with the most alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries, according to the Mi ..... 
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RED CROSS WRAPS UP DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 19, 2010] - Trained Red Cross damage assessment volunteers have completed their survey of damage caused to homes, mobile homes, and apartments in Minnesota due to the storms that hit the state on Thursday night, June 16. The fina ..... 
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AMERICAN RED CROSS OPENS SHELTERS FOR AREA STORM VICTIMS

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 18, 2010, 12:15 AM] - The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester, for any area residents who are without safe shelter due to the tornadoes and straight-line winds ..... 
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Red Cross Begins Feeding in Affected Communities

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 18, 2010, 12:00 AM] - The American Red Cross will soon begin feeding operations in the Ellendale community as well as in the Lincolnshire neighborhood of northwest Rochester. Our disaster assessment teams are also beginning to re ..... 
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