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State hits 20 motorcyclist deaths for the year


Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - Motorcyclist fatalities have reached the 20-death mark for the year, according to the preliminary crash reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). This figure is 35 percent lower than the 31 deaths at this time last year. In 2009, there were 53 rider deaths, a significant drop from 72 deaths in 2008.

DPS says the trend of fewer deaths can be attributed to many factors, including: the recent surge of boomer-age riders becoming more seasoned and experienced, and less likely to crash; rider training, outreach efforts; enforcement efforts; as well as the economy (fewer purchasing bikes).

Despite the trend of fewer deaths, DPS officials say August and September can be deadly months for motorcycle riders. Officials urge motorcyclists to ride carefully and not to let down their guard. Riders are advised to wear protective gear, travel at safe speeds, pay attention and ride sober.

The state also advises that riders seek safety training, wear high-visibility riding gear, and keep a sharp eye out for deer. At least four riders-20 percent-have died this year in motorcycle-deer collisions.

Motorists are advised to watch carefully for motorcycles in traffic, and always check twice before turning or changing lanes. There are more motorcycles on the road now than ever - the number of registered bikes in Minnesota has reached an all-time high of more than 226,000.

Rider training and safety information is available from the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) atwww.motorcyclesafety.org and www.highviz.org.

The MMSC is a component of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes - education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. The goal of the program is 400 or fewer deaths by the end of 2010. To-date, there have been 234 traffic deaths in Minnesota.




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JULY SPEED ENFORCEMENT PULLS OVER 27,638 SPEEDERS

Wed, Aug 11th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - A statewide, July-long extra enforcement of illegal and unsafe speed resulted in 27,638 motorists ticketed. The campaign was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. Each year, illega ..... 
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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 suppor ..... 
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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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