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Imagining bright futures and making lasting memories came to an unexpected end for the family and friends of 100 people since Jan. 1 in Minnesota. That’s how many people died in traffic crashes in the first 120 days of 2016, according to preliminary information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.
Focusing on the road must be a priority for Minnesotans. The 411 traffic deaths in 2015 marked the first time in five years that road fatalities passed the 400 mark. Safe driving behaviors can go a long way in keeping drivers and passengers safe on the road.
Drivers with their eyes off the road caught the eye of law enforcement statewide during Minnesota’s extra enforcement distracted driving campaign April 11 – 17. Law enforcment handed out 972 citations to drivers for texting while driving.
Drivers choosing texting over safety jeopardize the lives of others on the road, but any potential distraction can lead to dangerous results. Violations observed during the campaign included:
It is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails, and go online while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. This includes sitting at a stoplight or stop sign or stopped in traffic. It also is illegal for drivers with a permit or provisional driver’s license to use a cell phone while driving, except for emergencies to call 911.