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Pay attention! One-in-four crashes blamed on driver distraction


Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The chance of getting stopped for thumbs on the phone increased as Minnesota law enforcement agencies across the state focused on distracted driving education and enforcement April 11-20. Nearly 400 Minnesota agencies are added extra patrols during an enhanced law enforcement campaign that ran those 10 days.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety (DPS / OTS):

•There have been more than 86,000 crashes attributed to distracted driving during 2009-13, translating to 25 percent of all crashes in those five years.

•On average, distracted driving accounts for approximately 60 fatalities and 8,000 injuries annually.

•In 2013, inattention was the contributing factor in 17,598 crashes (23 percent of all crashes), 68 fatalities and 8,038 injuries.

“It’s a myth to think we can multitask behind the wheel,” said Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety Director. “The reality is distractions take our attention away from the important task of driving. It is up to every driver to eliminate distractions and share the road safely and responsibly.”

Minnesota’s “No Texting” Law

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, as well as access the web on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic – including at a stoplight/stop sign or stopped in traffic. It also is illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

Minnesota’s “no texting” law was enacted in August 2008 and citations have increased each year:

2009 – 388

2010 – 847

2011 – 1,270

2012 – 1,718

2013 – 2,189

Driver distractions go beyond texting. Daydreaming/taking mind off driving; reaching for items; manipulating radio/music/vehicle controls; eating/drinking; dealing with rowdy passengers and grooming all can be driver distractions.

Tips to Minimize Distractions

•Cell phones – Turn off cell phones or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial/answer or read or send a text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle calls/texts.

•Music and other controls – Pre-program radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and AC/heat before traveling or ask a passenger to assi .....
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Poll shows majority of Minnesotans oppose increased frac sand mining & favor two-year moratorium for SE MN Earth Day frac sand event at the State Capitol

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WINONA, Minn. - Over half of Minnesota voters oppose increased frac sand mining in the state, and 64 percent support a two-year moratorium in the karst areas of southeastern Minnesota while potential environmental impacts are more fully assessed and ..... 
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Employment makes solid gains in March

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota employment rebounded with solid growth in March after a slow start to the year that might have been related to the state’s worst winter in three decades. DEED announced today that Minnesota added 2,600 jobs in March, while the unemployme ..... 
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MNsure selects Deloitte to oversee project management

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Following a competitive Request for Proposals process and a thorough review period, MNsure has selected Deloitte Consulting, LLP (Deloitte) to provide key project management support for the state’s health insurance marketplace. ..... 
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April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Mon, Apr 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On April 23, the U.S. will celebrate its first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD)! Created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie – directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, respectively – the canine-centric holiday aims ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - Motorcycles

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Did you know? Did you know, in Minnesota, that up to 60 percent of motorcycle crashes involve only the single vehicle? Motorcycle use is at an all-time high and the two primary factors involved when they crash are “driver inexperience” and “sp ..... 
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MnDOT seeks public input for statewide bicycle system plan

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan at one of nine meetings statewide. •April 23 in St. Cloud – Whitney Senior Ce ..... 
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Dresbach bridge ramp, rest area closure began April 15

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The westbound Interstate 90 off-ramp to southbound Highway 61 and the Dresbach rest area closed on April 15 as the Dresbach Bridge construction continues. Motorists traveling I-90 west from La Crosse, Wis., to Minnesota will enc ..... 
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Dresbach rest area, ramp closure to begin April 15

Tue, Apr 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists that the Dresbach Intestate 90 rest area and travel information center near La Crosse, Wis., will close for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 15. The closure of th ..... 
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