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2014 speeding past 2013 in traffic fatalities


Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – This year is off to a deadly start on Minnesota roads, and drivers are being urged to buckle up and slow down.

Nearly two-thirds of the 31 people who died January 1-February 12, 2014, were not wearing seat belts or were in speeding vehicles, according to preliminary data from the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS). Alcohol was a contributing factor in four of the crashes.

There were 21 traffic fatalities by February 12 last year. As data continues to be submitted, OTS is anticipating approximately 385 traffic deaths for 2013, compared to 395 in 2012.

“It’s up to every person who gets behind the wheel to make a smart choice about how they drive,” said Donna Berger, Director of OTS. “Stop this trend by always buckling up, driving at safe speeds, never driving impaired and paying attention.”

Crash Victims’ Memorial Website Adds Perspective to State’s Traffic Deaths

The DPS Minnesota Crash Victims Memorial website provides a dramatic representation of the lives lost on state roads and “goes beyond the stats.”

While the primary goal is to educate about traffic safety, the site also allows crash victims’ families and friends to present meaningful remembrances of loved ones. The site requires families to enter crash details, such as seat belt or helmet use, as well as impaired or distracted driving, to enhance the education component.

The site allows families to connect with others who have entered a memorial, and gives visitors an opportunity to post photos and offer remembrances in a victim’s guestbook.

About the Minnesota

Department Public Safety

DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

About the Office of Traffic Safety

OTS designs, implements and coordinates federally funded traffic safety enforcement and education programs to improve driver behaviors and reduce the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Minnesota roads. OTS also administers state funds for the motorcycle safety program and for the .....
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Governor Dayton proposes funding measure to ensure no child is denied lunch in Minnesota schools

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Governor Mark Dayton proposed providing additional funding in the upcoming legislative session to ensure that every child has access to a nutritious lunch in Minnesota schools. A new report released this week by Mid-Minnes ..... 
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Red Cross Responds to Rochester Home Fire

Wed, Feb 12th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 — American Red Cross volunteers assisted a family of three after a fire devastated their home on Monday. The woman and her children were provided with aid to meet their immediate emergency needs. Every 8 minutes, ..... 
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Winter weather means drivers should use caution near snowplows

Thu, Feb 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to drive slowly near snowplows and give them plenty of room. In January, motorists struck seven snowplows in southeastern Minnesota, resulting in injuries to motorists, ..... 
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Residents, snow removal operators advised not to push snow on public roadways

Tue, Jan 28th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – With the growing number of snow days this winter, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds residents and snow removal operators that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street. Minnesota ..... 
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A Gift for the Generations: The Minnesota Historical Society Announces Newest Recipients of More Than $4.2 Million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Thu, Jan 16th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

111 grants made possible by the Legacy Amendment are awarded to dozens of organizations in 47 counties throughout Minnesota for projects of enduring value ST. PAUL (Jan. 15, 2014) – Minnesotans are hard at work in the new year, building their l ..... 
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No unnecessary travel advised due to difficult driving conditions

Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – (11:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in southeastern Minnesota because of difficult driving conditions due to icy patches, blowing snow and reduced visibility. Officials do not ..... 
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Secretary of State highlights key dates for 2014 election year

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is encouraging Minnesota voters to engage in the democratic process in 2014 as significant offices will be on the ballot. This year, voters will head to the polls to vote for a U.S. Senate seat, ..... 
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Students can use ‘cold day’ for independent reading, homework

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 3, 2014 - Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, released the following statement regarding Gov. Mark Dayton’s decision to close schools statewide on Monday. “Educators never like to lose a day of teaching and l ..... 
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