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Motorcycle Safety: Control What You Can

A couple on a motorcycleWhen you’re riding your motorcycle, there are a lot of things you can’t control. It would be easy to think that your safety is out of your hands entirely. Fortunately, that’s not true. There are specific things you can do to ensure that your next ride – and every one after – is as safe as possible.

You can’t control what fellow motorists do. Preliminary numbers show that of the 20 fatal motorcycle crashes so far in 2018, eight included another vehicle. But you can make a crash with another vehicle less likely.

Get valuable tips on what to wear, how to stay vigilant, and where to go for rider training in our blog on motorcycle safety.

Call 811 Before You Dig So You Don’t Have to Call 911 Later

A woman diggingProjects like building a deck, planting a tree or replacing your mailbox can be dangerous if you don’t know what's below before you start digging.

Underground utilities like natural gas lines can run inches from the surface and be ruptured with a shovel or other household tools. Be sure you call 811 at least two business days before you start digging. It's the law in Minnesota.

Calling 811 before you dig is easy. In fact, you don’t necessarily need to call; you can enter your dig information online. Plus, it’s free for you—the cost is covered by Minnesota’s underground facility operators. Learn More About Gopher State One Call

What’s the Deal with REAL ID?

Minnesota REAL ID graphicYou’ve heard about REAL ID off and on for a while now. You know you will be able to apply for one starting October 1. But a glance at your license tells you it expires this summer. What should you do? The answer is simple: If you have a driver’s license or ID card that expires before October 1, just renew it as you normally would.

Because Minnesota is on track to issue REAL ID-compliant cards later this year, you should be able to use your standard driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel or access to federal facilities until 2020.

Find out more in our blog.

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Video Description: Recreational fire safety. Extra seat belt enforcement results. Text-to-911. State disaster assistance approved. It’s all in this edition of “Public Safety: In Focus.”