Blog Archive: May 2021

A train car on its side and parts scattered on the ground after a derailmentWhen it's a real train wreck, you should definitely look away.​

May 27

We've all heard the term “train wreck" used as a metaphor for an awful thing you just can't look away from. But like many such metaphors, it has its roots in truth: Some people are fascinated by disaster. When you hear about a train derailment or other type of emergency, your first thought might be to rush to the scene with your cell phone on camera mode...

​​ It's a freeway, no a raceway. Drive Smart!How do you drive when no one's looking?

May 24

Here's the thing about the gas pedal in your car: You can control how hard you press down on it. And if you press down on it too hard, it's easy to lose control of the car and harder to stop, resulting in a crash and injury or even death. It's a big problem that started last year when traffic volumes were down, and these facts are playing out with distressing efficiency again...​

​​ Major Matt Sokol We'll miss you, Maj. Sokol

May 20

“His legacy is one troopers aspire to have. He worked hard, made a difference, and people looked up to him." That's what Col. Matt Langer has to say about Maj. Matt Sokol's career with the Minnesota State Patrol – a career that will come to a close in June, when he retires. Langer counts himself among those troopers who look up to ​Sokol...​

A structure fire in a rural areaTeaching children to respect fire

May 17

Fire can be fascinating. Fir​e can be powerful. But fire can also be deadly. That's why we need to respect it – and educate children to do the same. It moves quickly and it's unpredictable, and even if they have no malicious intent, kids tend to overestimate their ability to control it. For example, State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) youth firesetting intervention...


Ask anyone with a DWI if it was worth it Minnesota's 15 most dangerous drunk driving counties

May 13

When you have a big problem, focusing resources to solve it a bit at a time can make sense. D​runk driving – and its resulting crashes, injuries and deaths – is a problem all over the state of Minnesota. And although law enforcement in each of our 87 counties are working hard to eliminate it, it makes sense, as part of the approach, to look at the data...​​

A still frame from a teen driving PSA that shows a family around a dinner table with one member faded out ​​​Careless teen driving: Small actions, big consequences

May 10

“​If you just pay a little attention, you see people talking or texting on their phones, brushing their hair, eating, all kinds of things while they're driving." Who do you suppos​​​​e said this? A law enforcement officer? Perhaps some sort of traffic safety professional? No, neither of those. These observant words came from an 18-year-old high school senior...


​​ ​Working alarms save lives! Test yours todayDon't rely on your nose – let a smoke alarm do the work

​May 6

Our noses are amazing things. They make our food taste better. They bring back pleasant memories when we smell something familiar. They can even save our lives by, for example, smelling smoke when there are no other signs of a fire. But even the best sense of smell can't take the place of a smoke alarm. For one thing, you need to be awake to smell smoke...

​​​ Justice scales and a gavel Crime victims: Know​ your rights

May 3

Crime has a different effect on every victim – there are no common reactions to crime and no one solution will work for all victims. But the fact is crime can change the physical, social, spiritual and financial areas of people's lives forever. Add a pandemic, and navigating an already challenging criminal justice system and accessing vital crime victim...​​​​