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Minnesota Road Fatalities Pass 300

​From motorcyclists to teenagers to two men in their 20s just a mile away from home, recent traffic fatalities have forever changed the lives of countless families who are feeling the shock and disbelief of a sudden loss.
Those recent deaths pushed Minnesota over 300 road fatalities for 2016.
Through education and enforcement, the Department of Public Safety wants motorists to understand that traffic crashes are preventable if drivers follow some simple rules every time they get behind the wheel.

  • Drive distracted free
  • Wear your seat belt: Every passenger, every time!
  • Drive the speed limit or in inclement weather, drive to the conditions of the road
  • Drive sober

Together drivers can keep Minnesota roads safe.

A Minnesota Dad Speaks Up after Losing his Daughter to Distracted Driving

​Matt Logan’s daughter made a choice to text and drive — and that choice cost Deej Logan her life.

Deej Logan resized.jpgMatt travels across Minnesota and shares his story any way he can, including this public service announcement
His goal? To prevent another family, another father, from the heartbreak he feels every time he talks about his daughter.

Drunk Driving-Related Deaths Edge Higher but on Overall Decline

​Attitudes toward drunk driving are changing for the better among Minnesotans as fewer drunk driving-related deaths are occurring across the state. The new 2015 Minnesota Motor Vehicle Impaired Driving Facts report highlights encouraging trends in areas such as fatalities, DWIs and repeat offenders.

Drunk driving-related fatalities last year increased from 2014, but they have decreased by 8 percent in the last five years — 95 fatalities in 2015 compared with 103 in 2011. 
The number of lives lost has remained below 100 since 2012. 
While overall numbers show positive change, the percentage of traffic deaths and injuries where alcohol plays a role is still much too high.
Friends don’t let friends drink and drive. Please speak up and offer to be a designated driver.



​To remind motorists that seat belts save lives, more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state will be participating in the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign Oct. 14 – Oct. 30. The extra enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.seatbelt.jpg

Speak Up about Buckling Up
Drivers should not start the engine until every passenger in the car is belted. If a passenger sees the driver unbelted, they should speak up and make sure the driver’s seat belt is secure.

Every Seat, Every Time
Minnesota law requires all motorists to buckle up or be seated in the correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. Seat belts must be worn correctly — low and snug across the hips or thighs, and shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back.

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Video Description: Drunk driving not only takes lives, it changes them forever. Drunk driving is preventable, and law enforcement statewide will be focusing on keeping Minnesotans safe as they celebrate the final weeks of summer.