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Get into the Hands-Free Habit

Still and Always hands free. Park the Phone.

Complacency is a dangerous thing, and old habits are hard to break. Often, once the novelty wears off a new idea or program, we go back to our old ways. But sometimes falling back into old habits can be deadly. Minnesota’s hands-free cell phone law just turned one year old on Aug. 1, and it’s safe to say the novelty has worn off and people may be getting complacent. Drivers may be slipping back into old habits and risking lives.

This DPS Blog will show you the numbers from this year and help you understand just why it’s so important.

Bike and Pedestrian Safety is a Two-Way Street

Two bicyclists and a pedestrian crossing a street at a crosswalk

It’s important for drivers to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe, and vice versa. No matter your mode of transportation, traffic safety is a two-way street. For example, although bicyclist behaviors (such as not obeying a traffic signal) contribute to about half of all crashes with vehicles, driver behaviors (such as failure to yield right-of-way) contribute to the other half. And considering that pedestrians and bicyclists make up almost 15 percent of all traffic fatalities every year, their safety is a significant issue.

This DPS Blog features tips that will help you stay safe no matter how you get around.

Featured Video

Video Description: Driving with a phone in your hand is now illegal in Minnesota. Lt. Gordon Shank, with the Minnesota State Patrol, shows you different ways to go hands-free.