Blog Archive: March 2021

​​A motorcycle rider talking with a rider training coachReady to ride? Read this first.

March 29

​Finally, some sunshine and warmth: The perfect time to dust off your motorcycle and get back on the open road, if you haven't already. There are a few riding hazards that only spring can bring. Best to know how to navigate them safely. And while you​'re at it, how about signing up for a rider training course? Sometimes the things your city or town did to help...

Vehicles on a city street with and without their headlights on

Exactly when do I need to turn on my headlights?

March 25

When troopers pu​ll motorists over for not having their lights on in inclement weather, the majority of them say they had no idea it was a law. Unfortunately, ignorance of the law is no excuse. There are three instances in which Minnesota state law requires you to have your headlights and taillights on – and only one of them is nighttime. If that seems confusing...

Cigarettes burn slowly, houses don't. Careless smoking causes fatal fires.

Guest blog: The story that haunts me

March 22

​It's been a wonderful evening. You're celebrating y​our birthday with your closest friends. You're all gathered in the living room, laughing, telling stories, and creating memories for years to come. As the night goes on, one by one, your friends start to leave. Soon, the house is quiet and empty. Soon, you head to bed and fall asleep. As time slowly slips by...

Staff and customers at a driver and vehicle services office

​Ready? Re​new!

March 18

Did you get an extension to renew your Minnesota driver's license? If so, your time is almost up. March 31 is the deadline to renew for anyone whose driver's license expired between March 13, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021. The expiration date was extended to March 31, 2021 as a result of legislation signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz last year to mitigate the...​​

​​ Speed kills! Slow down. Extra enforcement now. Drive Smart!​For speed-related traffic deaths, 2021 looks tragically familiar. But you can help.

March 15

It's been a whole year since the world shut down. Businesses changed their working model or shut down altogether in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Schools closed. People stayed home as much as they could. Minnesota roads were all but empty. Less traffic meant fewer fatal...

Graphic that says NO MORE

​Standing with victims during No More Week and all year through​

March 11

We believe you. We support you. We are with you.​ These are words sexual assault and domestic violence victims and survivors long to hear – but too many of them don't. That's why the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (DPS-OJP) is observing​...

​​​​​​​ Operation Safety Net social media channel logos, URL Operation Safety Net:​​ Your official source for information during the Chauvin trial

March 8

​During a high-profile event like the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, it's important that members of the public can make their voices heard safely. That's why Minnesota law enforcement officials established Operation Safety Net. Its mission is to preserve and protect...

​​ BCA Victim, Family and Community Relations Coordinator Biiftuu Ibrahim Adam​​​​​​​​The BCA's Victim, Family and Community Relations Coordinator Promotes Healing and ​Progress

March 1​

“The criminal justice system was not designed for victims," says Biiftuu Ibrahim Adam, and she should know. She's the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's (BCA) first-ever victim, family and community relations coordinator, a position she's held for almost a year now...