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​During the recent civil unrest in Minneapolis, State Patrol troopers and officers from other law enforcement agencies strategically punctured the tires of some vehicles. This was done because vehicles were being used as dangerous weapons, threatening the safety of law enforcement and those who were protesting peacefully.

Vehicle owners who had their tires punctured and deflated by State Patrol troopers during riots in Minneapolis may be eligible for reimbursement.

More information can be found on the State Patrol website.

Construction Season


Drive smart! Protect construction crews and yourself during construction season.

Reduced traffic on our roads does not mean fewer distractions. Put distractions away, focus 100 percent of your attention on the road and remember, Minnesota is a hands-free cell phone state.



In the last five years (2015-2019):

  • 46 people died and more than 4,200 people were injured in work zone traffic crashes.
  • Nearly 80 percent of those killed in construction zones were motorists
  • Speed contributes to 23 percent of all fatal crashes in construction zones.
  • Twenty percent were unbuckled motorists.
  • Motorcyclists made up 20 percent of fatal crashes.
  • Distractions and impairment contributed to 16 percent of fatal crashes.



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​To help put the brakes on speed-related deaths and educate motorists, officers, deputies and troopers will work overtime shifts June 22 through July 19. Law enforcement agencies across the state will participate in the campaign coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS).
Speed-Related Traffic Fatalities
​2010 ​2011 ​2012 ​2013 ​2014 ​2015 ​2016 ​2017 ​2018 ​2019
​86 ​85 ​74 ​76 ​94 ​78 ​89 ​88 ​113 ​75
Speeding Incidents on the Rise
Excessive speeding over recent months is troubling and requires Minnesotans to commit to slowing down this summer.
  • From April 1 – May 21, the Minnesota State Patrol pulled over 232 drivers traveling more than 100 mph. That’s compared to 93 drivers during the same time period last year, a 149 percent increase. Of the 232 drivers, 179 were 30-years-old or younger.
  • Overall fatal crashes and fatalities from March 16 - May 31 increased over last year despite reduced traffic.
  • While a crash can have more than one contributing factor, speed was the most frequently cited factor. 
    • Preliminary reports show speed has already contributed to 36 motorists dying on Minnesota roads in 2020, compared with 27 at this time last year.


Featured Video

Video Description: In a unique ceremony, the Minnesota State Patrol’s 61st Training Academy graduated 22 cadets on April 11.