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Photo of glasses on a bar. Super Bowl weekend can be both fun and safe

Jan. 18

You may already have heard, but the state of Minnesota passed a law last year (check out Section 18) saying that individual cities can allow local bars to stay open until 4 a.m. over Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 2-5. That’s good news for revelers who want to spend time with their friends and soak up the atmosphere of this historic event. But just like any occasion involving alcohol, there are important decisions to be made. For example, if you do plan to be out drinking at a bar in a city that allows the extended hours, be sure to line up your sober ride ahead of time...

Photo of a family creating a fire escape plan.Practice makes safety: Making and practicing a home fire escape plan

Jan. 11

Whether it was from a piano teacher, a soccer coach, or some other adult in your life, you likely heard this phrase ad nauseam growing up: “Practice makes perfect!” Especially when it’s for an event—like a performance or a big game – where the stakes are high and you’re full of adrenaline, you need to rely on those repeated actions to get you through. What stakes could be higher than getting safely out of your burning home with your family? When that smoke alarm goes off, you’ll likely be in bed...

Minnesota REAL ID graphicWhat’s the deal with REAL ID?

Jan. 8

Standard driver’s licenses…enhanced driver’s licenses…REAL ID? It’s enough to make a person’s head spin. How are you supposed to know which one you should have and when and where you can get it? We’ve put together a handy guide that should make things a lot clearer. The first thing you should know is that REAL IDs are not available in Minnesota yet. The Minnesota legislature passed a law that requires REAL IDs to be available in Minnesota by October and Driver and Vehicle Services is working toward that deadline...

 

Photo of a GPS unit and hula doll in a car.Everything you never knew about vehicle equipment laws

Jan. 4

Ever look at your car and wonder what is and isn’t legal in terms of the equipment? What does the law say about your headlights and brake lights? And perhaps more importantly, can you keep the hula dancer on the dashboard and the fuzzy dice dangling from the rearview mirror? Fortunately, the State Patrol is here to help us be sure we’re driving a law-abiding vehicle. Some of the regulations may be obvious (you already knew you’re required to have two headlights, right?), but some aren’t so much. For example, those headlights are limited to 300-watt candlepower...

 

Photo of DPS logo12 important things DPS did in 2017

Dec. 28

It has been a busy year here at the Department of Public Safety, but with 15 divisions and about 2,200 employees, it’s hardly a surprise. As the year comes to an end, we thought we’d give you a quick list of twelve of the most important things DPS did in 2017. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension began using microcrystal drug testing, a procedure that dramatically speeds turnaround time without sacrificing quality. This in turn helps the BCA help criminal justice agencies to get criminals off the streets...