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DWI CRACKDOWN CONTINUES THROUGH LABOR DAY AS GOVERNOR DECLARES FRIDAY "DESIGNATE A SOBER DRIVER DAY"


Thu, Sep 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Heightened DWI enforcement efforts will surround Labor Day weekend, the seventh deadliest weekend of the year for alcohol-related deaths according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

Around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will conduct intense DWI enforcement through the weekend, accompanied by 10,000 agencies nationwide. In Minnesota during Labor Day weekends over the last three years (2007-2009), there were 13 traffic deaths of which five were alcohol-related. During this same period, 1,801 motorists were arrested for DWI.

Gov. Pawlenty has proclaimed Friday, September 3 as "Designate a Sober Driver Day" to encourage Minnesotans to always plan for a safe and sober ride.

"Think before you drink - avoid the shame, embarrassment and regret of a DWI," says Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol. "Poor choices such as impaired driving will put your life in a world of hurt."

DPS encourages Minnesotans to:

· Plan a safe way home before festivities begin - designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration.

· Buckle up and wear protective motorcycle gear - the best defenses against an impaired driver.

· Report impaired driving - Call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior (swerving, travelling too slowly). Witnesses must be prepared to offer location, license plate and observed dangerous behavior.

Last year in Minnesota, there were 141 alcohol-related traffic deaths and 279 severe injuries. In Minnesota, one in seven drivers has a DWI on record, and each year more than 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI. Consequences for a DWI include loss of license for up to a year, up to $20,000 in legal costs and heightened insurance rates, and possible jail time.

Arrest results from the DWI campaign that started August 20 will be available in mid-September. A similar statewide DWI enforcement effort in 2009 resulted in 1,873 arrests.

The DWI enforcement is a component of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). 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 265 traffic deaths in Minnesota.

Coalition of Greater MN Cities

Wed, Sep 1st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



St. Paul, MN-With the state facing a $5.8 billion deficit, Minnesotans deserve detailed answers on how candidates for governor will close the budget gap, said the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman t ..... 
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ServeMinnesota's Social & Economic Program Efforts Recognized By Landmark Kennedy Serve America Act With $14.5M in Grants

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - After undergoing a rigorous competition to receive a slice of $234 million in federal AmeriCorps grants, ServeMinnesota programs received $14.5 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a 25 percent increase o ..... 
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Take action to stop distraction behind the wheel

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Attention drivers! Around 100 law enforcement agencies are conducting a distracted driving educational push coupled with an enforcement effort during the first week of August. Agencies will increase patrols on Aug. 5 during Gov. Pawlenty's ..... 
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FCC to Hear from Minnesotans on Future of Internet

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - The Federal Communications Commission's Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn will meet with the public at a hearing on the future of the Internet in Minneapolis on Aug. 19.

WHAT: Public Hearing on the Future of the Internet

DA ..... 
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Rumble strip installation scheduled in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews install rumble strips in Fillmore County beginning Monday, August 2. Flaggers will control traffic during the lane closures.

AAA Striping Service Co. is the prime contractor for the $221,702 ..... 
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NRDC's 20th Annual Beach Report: More Contaminants, Fewer Advisories for Minnesota's Lake Superior Beaches in 2009

Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Duluth, Minnesota (July 28, 2010) - Pollution continues to contaminate the water at America's beaches, causing 99 advisory days for Minnesota's Lake Superior beaches last year and 18,682 closing and advisory days nationwide. Meanwhile, as of July 23, ..... 
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Minnesota Trucking Related Fatalities: Lowest in 10 Years

Mon, Jul 26th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Continuing a downward trend, cars and trucks collided less often in Minnesota during the past year than any year in the last decade.

According to statistics reported in the latest edition of Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, published by th ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, July 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.71 ..... 
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