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DIED ON THE FOURTH OF JULY: HOLIDAY THE DEADLIEST DAY OF THE YEAR ON THE ROAD


Tue, Jul 2nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Ramped Up DWI Enforcement in the Metro this Weekend

ST. PAUL — Despite a zero-death Independence Day last year, the 19 road deaths on the holiday during the last five years make July 4 the state’s deadliest day of the year on the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

A major factor for the deaths was drunk driving, which accounted for 13 of the holiday’s deaths (65 percent), a rate which far eclipses Minnesota’s annual percentage of deaths as a result of drunk driving, historically around 30 percent.

Added DWI patrols will be on the roads during the holiday period in the Twin Cities area.

“Independence Day delivers a potentially tragic scenario on the road with nice weather, more celebrations and added traffic volume,” says Donna Berger, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. “It’s up to each of us to make smart decisions behind the wheel and that includes planning ahead to lock in a sober ride.”

Midway through the year, there have been 154 traffic deaths, up from 145 at this time in 2012.

Minnesota’s Deadliest Days, 2008–2012

Other deadliest days in Minnesota include: April 25, May 22 and July 10 (15 deaths each); May 30 (14); and June 17, July 13, Aug. 29 (13 each).

Independence Day Travel Period, 2008–2012

The travel period surrounding the Fourth of July is historically deadly. There were 29 deaths during the official holiday travel period of which 19 were drunk-driving related.

DPS officials are stressing that motorists buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention, be patient, drive well-rested and plan ahead for a sober ride.

DWI Consequences A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.

Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving

 Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.

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MnDOT urges travelers to use caution in work zones during July Fourth holiday

Tue, Jul 2nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones during the July Fourth holiday. “We suspend work on many projects during the Fourth of July holiday,” ..... 
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Your Legal Rights: Protect Yourself From Medical Alert Scams

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Most people have seen TV ads for a device that sends help when a person has fallen and can’t get up. Legitimate medical alert devices have been lifesavers for some, but a new telephone scam preys on the worry for people who live alone and fear th ..... 
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MDA announces Value Added Grant recipients

Wed, Jun 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Grants give boost to farmers, rural businesses St. Paul, Minn. – Nearly 50 Minnesota farmers, producers and processors will share $1 million in Value Added Grants distributed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The Value Added Gra ..... 
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Rep. Davids reports budget collects $300 million more in unexpected revenue

Thu, Jun 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said if you ever needed any proof that Republican budgeting works, check out the latest economic forecasts. Minnesota economists recently announced that our state has another unexpec ..... 
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Sen. Franken Pushes to Increase Transparency of Federal Surveillance Programs Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Make FISA Court Opinions Public

Tue, Jun 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [06/11/13]—U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of Senators are pushing new legislation to bring greater transparency to federal surveillance programs. The bill would require the Attorney General to make publ ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Commends Senate for Passing Farm Bill

Tue, Jun 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for moving forward to complete work on the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Jobs and Food Act of 2013. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Legislative Session

Tue, Jun 4th, 2013
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“The recently completed Minnesota legislative session took some positive steps forward for Farm Bureau and agriculture in Minnesota, but in the area of taxes, we may have taken a few steps backward,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) P ..... 
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REP. DAVIDS: ALL MINNESOTANS WILL PAY MORE THANKS TO DEMOCRAT TAX INCREASE AGREEMENT

Tue, May 21st, 2013
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ST. PAUL – Minnesota House and Senate Democrats have approved the largest tax increase in decades, and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said all hardworking taxpayers will feel the impact. “Legislative Democrats told us they would ..... 
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