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Make the 100 Deadliest Days Less Deadly

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The span of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is 100 days long – and those 100 days are the deadliest of the year on Minnesota roads. Preliminary numbers show that in 2018 alone, 124 people died in traffic crashes during the 100 deadliest days. They account for 33 percent of all 2018 traffic deaths, even though the span of time is only 27 percent of the year. But so far this year, there have been 115 fatalities on Minnesota roads, compared to 121 at this time last year.

How can we keep that trend going through the 100 deadliest days? We all have to do our part. Learn how in the DPS Blog.

Hands-Free: Now the Law in Minnesota

Hands-Free Minnesota Law

Governor Tim Walz signed a new hands-free cell phone bill into law to help further reduce distractions behind the wheel.

Starting Aug. 1, drivers will no longer be able to hold their cell phones in their hands. They will be able to use their phones to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single touch activation without holding the phone.

Remember, hands-free is not necessarily distraction-free. We want Minnesotans to stay safe, stay alive and stay out of trouble under the new law.

Visit the HandsFreeMN website for more information.

Featured Video

Video Description: State Patrol Col. Matt Langer and OTS Director Mike Hanson joined families of distracted driving victims and legislators as Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation that bans the use of hand-held cell phones while driving and aims to prevent distracted driving crashes.