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Prom warning: Spring months the worst for unbelted teen deaths


Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With April, May and June combining for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents to reinforce safe driving habits for their children during prom season and the end of the school year.

There were 30 teen motor vehicle occupant deaths in April, May and June during the past three years, and 63 percent (19) of those killed were not buckled up.

“The prom and end of the school year season is an exciting time for teenagers, but it also has proven to be a dangerous period on the road,” says Gordy Pehrson, DPS Office of Traffic Safety youth programs coordinator. “Contributing to the tragedies is a high percentage of teens who were not buckled up.”

Unbelted Teen Vehicle

Occupant Deaths (ages 13–19) by Season, 2010-2012

•Jan., Feb., March: 24 deaths, seven unbelted.

•April, May, June: 30 deaths, 19 unbelted.

•July, Aug., Sept.: 32 deaths, 13 unbelted

•Oct, Nov., Dec.: 17, seven unbelted.

The deadliest months for teen motorists during this year-set are July (14); April (13); May and January (10 each).

Traffic Crashes: The Leading Killer of Minnesota Teens

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesota teens. In the past three years (2010-2012), 103 teen motorists (13–19 years old) were killed in traffic crashes — only 45 (44%) were belted.

“Poor seat belt use, along with driver inexperience, risk-taking and distractions, are the key factors that make traffic crashes the leading cause of death for teens,” says Pehrson. “It’s imperative that parents and caregivers take the time to talk with their teens about the importance of seat belt use, reinforce teen driving laws, and set their own family driving rules.”

Guide for Parents to Establish Safer Teen Drivers

Provide significant supervised driving training and continue to do so even after licensure—the first year of driving poses the greatest risk of a crash.

Train your teen on a variety of road types (urban, rural) and in different conditions (night, rain, snow).

Talk with teen to reinforce laws and set limits (such as passenger limitations, nighttime driving) — and use a driving contract between parent and te .....
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Deadliest weekend of 2013: eight killed on Minnesota roads

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - At least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend, (April 6–early Monday morning, April 8), making it the deadliest weekend of the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). The eigh ..... 
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Road construction update

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As Minnesotans, we know what follows melting snow and warmer temperatures: construction season. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently released their 2013 construction project program that outlines 300 projects set to begin across Minnes ..... 
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National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office resumes weekly crop and weather reports

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Beginning today, Minnesota farmers can turn to a vital source for information on their crops and weather by referring to the weekly crop and weather report from the Minnesota Field Office of the United States Department of Agricu ..... 
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Westbound I-90 lane closure at Dresbach Bridge in Wisconsin begins April 11

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on westbound Interstate 90 will experience lane closures on the Wisconsin side of the Dresbach Bridge, beginning Thursday, April 11, as construction activities continue for the I-90 bridge project.  The Mississippi ..... 
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Farm Program Funding Priorities Called Out of Step

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - There is still no new Farm Bill, and The Center for Rural Affairs says there needs to be a change in priorities in how the nation's farm programs are funded. Executive director Chuck Hassebrook pointed out that those programs that i ..... 
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Rep. Davids continues fight for Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - One of the top priorities of the 2013 legislative session, according to State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is creating jobs for unemployed Minnesotans. A proposal that would help build a Destination Medical Center for the ..... 
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MnDOT announces 2013 state road construction program

Tue, Mar 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn.—More than 300 construction projects scheduled for 2013 will do much to improve highways, bridges and other state transportation infrastructure to ensure the safety and mobility of the travelling public, the Minnesota Department of ..... 
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LAWMAKERS POISED TO ADDRESS ONGOING DROUGHT

Tue, Mar 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

According to a report released last week by the U.S. Drought Monitor, large portions of northwest, west central, southwest, and south central Minnesota face extreme drought conditions. In fact, 67 percent of our state’s land was identified as expe ..... 
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