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Make Driving Safely the 2016 Headline

​During a January East Coast winter storm, it was reported at least 29 people sadly lost their lives, making headlines across the world. Twenty-five people were killed on Minnesota roads in January, yet most people don’t give it a second thought.

The preliminary report of  25 people losing their lives in traffic fatalities in January, compares with nine people who died on Minnesota roads at this time last year.

Those who recently lost their lives include:

  • A 20-year-old Rochester man who was killed and his passenger seriously injured in a head-on crash. The driver in the opposing lane of traffic was attempting to pass traffic.
  • A 26-year-old Isanti man who lost control and struck a guard rail, and his vehicle came to rest in the lane of traffic.  His vehicle was then broadsided by another car and the Isanti man was killed in the impact
  • A 16-year-old teenage girl from Canton was obeying the law, driving with her seat belt on but was killed when a 55-year-old woman crossed the center line. The State Patrol believes the 55-year-old driver was impaired by alcohol.  

“People say goodbye before their loved ones drive away, never giving it a thought that it could be the last time they see that person,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director. “It’s time to make driving your number one priority when you are behind the wheel. All of our lives depend on drivers paying attention, buckling up, driving the speed limit and never driving drunk.” 

Looking For Ideas to Fund New Traffic Safety Projects

​The DPS Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is looking for new ideas to change drivers’ behavior. The informal idea solicitation form provides details and information on how to submit your idea. Submissions are due by 4 p.m. on Mar. 11.

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