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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 “speed”.

Did you know, one main reason that motorcyclists are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection? The occupant protection that is built in to our passenger cars protect us greatly, but cannot be incorporated within a motorcycle. Nationwide, 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; a comparable figure for automobiles is only 20 percent.

Did you know, nationwide, that 25 percent of motorcycle operators killed in crashes are not licensed or are improperly licensed to operate a motorcycle?

Did you know, approximately half of all fatal single-vehicle motorcycle crashes involved alcohol? Driving a motorcycle requires more skill and coordination than driving most other vehicles and impairment, even at lower levels, diminishes judgment and motor skills greatly, first and foremost.

Did you know, it is not advisable to buy a motorcycle you cannot push or pull upright by yourself? A motorcycle must be the right fit for the person and the style of the cycle should fit the use.

For more information on Motorcycles, crash facts, training course and research go to: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles.

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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MnDOT kicks off 2014 construction season

Wed, Apr 2nd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Note: Media in southeastern Minnesota can watch the video at MnDOT’s Rochester headquarters (2900 48th St. N.W.) and learn about all of the construction projects in southeastern Minnesota that are scheduled this summer. District Engineer Jeff Vlami ..... 
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State loses 100 jobs in February

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Employers cut 100 jobs in February, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The loss, combined with a revised gain of 800 jobs in January, brought total job g ..... 
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State employers add 600 jobs in January

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota employers added 600 jobs in January, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency also released revised figures that show the state gained 12, ..... 
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St. Patrick’s Day weekend leads to more than 495 motorist arrests

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Extra DWI patrols for St. Patrick’s Day weekend resulted in the arrest of 495 motorists for DWI, according to preliminary reports from Minnesota law enforcement agencies. As of 9 a.m. Monday, March 17there were 420 arrests, with an ad ..... 
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Governor Mark Dayton speaks out about budget forecast

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The latest state budget forecast is great news for Minnesota! For the first time in seven years, the forecast is predicting budget surpluses for our state’s current biennium and the next one. When I took office three years ago, the 2011 forecast p ..... 
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