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How Extra Seconds Can Buy You a Lifetime

Havana and her mother walk into the DPS Media Room during a news conference about seat belt use

Havana may seem like a typical kid, but her mom, Erica, describes her as “a miracle.” That’s because, in November 2015, doctors told Erica that Havana may never walk again. Her spine was broken when Erica’s vehicle – in which Havana and her two brothers were riding – was hit head-on by a drunk driver.

The fact that, despite the odds, Havana now walks on her own is indeed a miracle, but she wouldn’t even be alive if not for Erica’s actions before she started the car that day.

Our latest blog tells Havana and Erica’s amazing story, and the moral is “buckle up.”

Hands-Free is the Law. Stay Safe. Stay Alive.

A hand on a steering wheel with a phone on a vent mount

While Minnesota is now a hands-free cell phone state, some drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk by handling the phone or using non-navigation apps, reading texts or scrolling or typing on the phone.

During the first month of the new law (Aug. 1-31), the State Patrol stopped 2,115 drivers for failing to comply with the law.

If you’ve already gone hands-free or put your phone away while driving, thank you. If not, we’ve got tips for going hands-free and answers to all of your questions at

Putting the 'Public' in Public Safety

Minnesota Amber Alert Fundraiser Chairman Ronnie Trejo fingerprints a boy at a recent Night to Unite event.

Public safety is not a one-way street. We can put out public safety messaging all day long, but unless someone hears it and acts on it, it’s ineffective.

It’s not our words that keep the public safe; it’s the public’s actions. So every time you replace the batteries in your smoke alarms or encourage someone to buckle their seatbelt, you’re helping us do our job – and we’re very grateful.

Two Minnesotans have recently captured our attention in the way they’ve helped keep others safe. This blog will tell you their stories.

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