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​'Enough is enough.'

The words of Col. Matt Langer, Minnesota State Patrol, echo the frustration of Minnesotans who are tired of distracted drivers jeopardizing, injuring and taking lives on the road.

Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol holds up a smartphone at a news conference.Langer, Office of Traffic Safety Director Mike Hanson, and Washington County Assistant County Attorney Siv Yurichuk spoke about a fatal crash that occurred Feb. 27 involving a semi driver. The truck driver allegedly had his eyes glued to his phone before slamming into and killing the driver of a vehicle stopped at a Lake Elmo traffic light.

Their message was simple: Please pay attention behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a deadly choice with tragic and lifelong consequences.

​Recognition for Saving Lives in Olmsted County

Olmsted County law enforcement officials are being honored this year with the Department of Public Safety’s Toward Zero Deaths Commissioner’s Award.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, Rochester Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol work tirelessly to keep their roads safe, including:

  • Participating in the state’s major traffic safety campaigns.
  • Having a dedicated DWI officer who arrested 101 drunk drivers last year.
  • Conducting community outreach including working closely with area high schools, educating the public and media efforts.

Read more in this news release.

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