A driver with their hands on the steering wheel and a smartphone in a dash mounted holderDistractions down, eyes up while driving

April 8

When we think of distracted driving, most of us think of holding a phone up to our ear or scrolling through our social media feed. But distracted driving takes a lot of different forms. Perhaps it's taking a selfie, like several people ticketed recently. Or it could be steering with your knees while holding a phone with both h​ands, like a St. Paul man did last year...

​​​​Screen shot of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP)ODMAP provides crucial data to combat the opioid epidemic

April 5

For years, Minnesota law enforcement, public health officials and medical professionals have been working to mitigate the effects of illicit narcotics – e​specially overdoses. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (DPS-BCA) began using an application called Overdose Detection Mapping​ Application Program (ODMAP) in 2019...​

​​​Lawn with spray paint and flags marking underground utilitiesJoin 941,358 of your neighbors in calling (or clicking) before you dig

April 1

That corner of you​r yard – you know, the one that gets all that southern light – would be a great place for a garden, you think. Just flowers, nothing complicated. You'll only be digging about six or eight inches down, so you probably won't hit anything important, right? Wrong. Underground utilities...

​​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...