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Repeat Offenders of Texting Law Face Higher Fine Beginning August 1

​Drivers who repeatedly choose texting over safety while behind the wheel risk a higher fine for violating the law beginning August 1. Under the enhanced law, drivers face a $225 fine for second and subsequent violations of the texting while driving law, in addition to the current $50 fine.

Minnesota Motorcycle Road Guard Law Effective August 4

​Certified motorcycle “road guards” will be able to stop and control traffic for large motorcycle group-rides in Minnesota beginning August 4.  The Motorcycle Road Guard Law, passed by the legislature and signed into law in 2012, is designed to help motorists and motorcyclists safely share the road during group rides.

Traffic Fatalities Lowest Since World War II

Minnesota traffic fatalities dropped to 361 last year, the lowest since World War II when 356 people lost their lives in 1944. In addition, traffic fatalities are down 66 percent since 1968 when Minnesota reached an all-time record of 1,060 deaths.

While progress is being made, it’s been a difficult start to 2015 as fatalities to date are outpacing reported numbers from a  year ago. Motorists must commit to being safe drivers by paying attention, buckling up, obeying the speed limit and planning for a sober ride.

 

​Call 811 Before You Dig

Take the time to call 811 before you dig or place a sign in the ground. Call 811 first so you don’t have to call 911 later. Or go to the GSOC website at www.gopherstateonecall.org and request underground utilities near the area you’re digging be marked.


Video Description: The Department of Public Safety held a media availability to discuss the increased fine for texting and driving. The new law was passed by the Legislature earlier this year and signed by Governor Mark Dayton. It takes effect on August 1.