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The night before Thanksgiving has come to be known as “Blackout Wednesday.” People come home from college and go on a bender with friends they haven’t seen for months. Or, knowing they don’t have to work for four days, indulge a little too much because they know they’ll have time to recover from the hangover. Whatever the reason, Blackout Wednesday is an extremely dangerous night on the roads. On average, over 2,500 DWI arrests happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s every year.
Learn how – and why -- to avoid being part of that statistic in our latest blog.
Unfortunately, some drivers are slipping back into old habits, and breaking the law in the process.
There were 2,729 hands-free citations statewide in September. There were 2,317 in August. This includes citations written by police, sheriff’s deputies and Minnesota state troopers.
Hands-free cell phone use is the law for drivers in Minnesota. Find out what you can and can’t do at HandsFreeMN.org
The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reminding the nation that enhanced driver’s licenses and ID cards can be used to fly within the United States once the federal REAL ID enforcement deadline takes effect Oct. 1, 2020.
In a recent blog post, the TSA assures that state-issued enhanced driver’s licenses or ID cards will be accepted at the security checkpoint come Oct. 1, 2020. Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington offer EDLs and EIDs. These comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and can be used as U.S. border crossing documents by land or by sea.
A Minnesota EDL/EID costs $15 in addition to the standard license or ID card fee. They are only issued to U.S. citizens. Additional information about EDL/EIDs is online.
Video Description: Lt. Gordon Shank of the Minnesota State Patrol shares an important reminder about Minnesota’s hands-free cell phone law and the importance of driving distraction free.