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Thousands of Motorists Cited for Not Buckling Up

​While most Minnesotans understand that seat belts and child restraints save lives, thousands of drivers were cited not buckling up during the Click It or Ticket extra enforcement campaign from May 23 – June 5. Law enforcement handed out 7,233 seat belt and 213 child restraint citations to those who risk losing their own lives or others in the car. Among the violations, a 4-year-old riding on his mother’s lap and helping steer the vehicle. More information is available in our recent news release.

Gas leak? Here's what to do and what happens next

​If you suspect a gas leak in your home, get out. Take all people and pets with you. Alert the neighbors. And avoid using electrical devices such as light switches, phones, and garage door openers since these could provide a possible ignition source for the gas. Learn more about gas leaks in this blog post.

Visit the DPS Blog

The Department of Public Safety Blog highlights DPS events and actions that help keep Minnesotans safe and ready. Posts are published every Monday and Thursday. Check out our latest blog post.

Emergency Alerts on Your Cell Phone

In weather emergencies, warnings can save lives. But traditional warning methods such as television, radio and outdoor sirens don’t always reach everyone. Emergency officials now have a way to send warnings directly to cell phones in affected areas — Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs). These warnings will be broadcast to all phones within range of designated cell towers.