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Lives Lost in Traffic Crashes in 2021

         Alison Joy Annen, Rhonald Timmothy-Pierre Gant, Travis Michael Kachelmeier Marte, Larry Peter Meyer, Macy Jo Holtan, Anthony Gerald Heitz, John David Benjamin, Natausha Rae Moen, Judith Elizabeth Harlan, Jeremy Drisko Frost, Jeritt Donald Piotter, Mikayla Ann Sherman, Craig Merrill Sulem, Robert Weninger, Jonathan Raymond Williams, Abdi Aden Isack, Darrell James Sabrowski, Virginia Marie Stewart, Thomas Weyde Leaf, Joseph Lyle Mack, William Alfred Tinklenberg, Ashley Ann Karjala, John Cody Davis, Peter Stefan Mollhoff, Thomas Edward Davis, Aileen Aguilar, Victor Ludwig Falkner, Christopher Lynn Thompson, Jeryl Laverve Vanderpol, Lor Xiong, Keith Allen Moldan, Whitney Marie Nelson, Megan Sue Engebretson, Joseph Michael Andreszcuk, Julie Anne Lizak

Reported names as of March 2021.

​This year: 127 deaths on Minnesota roads. Prevent tragedy. Drive smart.

Preliminary as of May 11.

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What's New?

​​​Careless Teen Driving: Small Actions, Big Consequences

A still frame from a teen driving PSA that shows a family around a dinner table with one member faded outZach Knapp, a high school senior from Elk River, was concerned about the driving behavior he was seeing on the roads, especially from his fellow teens: “If you just pay a little attention, you see people talking or texting on their phones, brushing their hair, eating, all kinds of things while they're driving." So Zach decided to do something about it: He made a 40-second PSA for his local sheriff's office to distribute. Learn more about why and how he brought this project to life – and the long-term effects he hopes it will have – in our lates​t blog.​

​Don't Rely on Your Nose – Let a Smoke Alarm Do the Work

Working alarms save lives! Test yours todayOur noses are amazing things. They make our food taste better. They bring back pleasant memories when we smell something familiar. They can even save our lives by, for example, smelling smoke when there are no other signs of a fire. But even the best sense of smell can't take the place of a smoke alarm.

This blog​ will tell you why you need smoke alarms and how to maintain them so they stay working, so that you can save your sense of smell for more pleasant things.

​​DPS Limits Some Services in Response to COVID-19

Roll up your sleeves, Minnesota

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) has adjusted or limited some services. For the latest service updates, visit our DPS Response to COVID-19 page.

DPS is continuing to operate with many staff members working remotely to ensure social distancing.

Thank you for your patience as we all work together to get through this situation.