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Give in to Peer Pressure: Buckle Up

A van after a crashAs teenagers, we were all warned about peer pressure. Adults told us never to just go along with the crowd. But sometimes, the crowd is right – like the 92 percent of Minnesotans who wear their seat belts. Peer pressure isn’t the only reason to wear a seat belt, though. Consider that being buckled up during a crash is likely to save not only your life, but the lives of the other people in the vehicle. And besides, it’s the law.

Extra enforcement will be out on Minnesota’s roads through June 3. Learn more about the great reasons you should buckle up in our blog.

Focus on Safe Driving During the Summer Travel Season

traffic on a freewayThe 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads are upon us as the summer travel season gets underway this holiday weekend.

While summer is a time for fun activities and vacations, it’s also an important time to focus on safe driving. The stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day last year accounted for 121 of the 358 fatalities, making up 34 percent of all the traffic deaths in 2017.

Driver behaviors continue to play a significant role in motor vehicle crashes. So as you hit the road this summer, remember: put away the distractions, slow down, buckle up, drive sober.

​Texting Citations Climb for Fourth Straight Year

Drivers Drive graphicBooking airline tickets while driving. Texting with both hands while driving with their knees.

Law enforcement officers cited drivers for these types of distractions during the recent extra enforcement campaign. Officers, deputies and troopers cited 1,576 motorists compared with 1,017 during last year’s campaign.

Please pay attention behind the wheel and speak up if you’re with a driver who’s distracted.

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Video Description: Tips on how you can help your teen driver be better behind the wheel.