Study: Sleep Pill Takers 2X More Likely To Have Daytime Car AccidentsNearly seven percent of the population takes prescription sleep medications like Restoril or Ambien to sleep. But the American Journal of Public Health says those who take these pills at night are twice as likely to have a car accident during the day.
St. Louis County Medical Examiner Resigns From PositionThe St. Louis County medical examiner has resigned shortly after stirring up controversy over his decision to perform autopsies on Native Americans killed in car accidents. A letter sent to county commissioners on Tuesday said Thomas Uncini is no longer interested in the position he's held since 1998. The county board decided to temporarily extend his contract through June 30, so the county can find a replacement.
Icy Rain Causes Several Accidents In Central, Northwestern Minn.State troopers in northwest Minnesota down to the Saint Cloud area are dealing with dozens of overnight crashes on slippery roadways. An overnight dose of freezing rain made things treacherous.
Snow Storm Blankets Twin CitiesWinter is back in the Twin Cities after a storm dumped up to 6 inches of snow in parts of the metro area Friday night. Reports show snow totals Saturday morning ranged from 3.6 inches at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to 6 inches in Little Canada. The Minnesota State Patrol reported 100 crashes overnight. A dozen involved injuries. No fatal accidents had been reported.
Public Safety: Drivers Beware, Deer Still Active Along HighwaysMinnesota’s firearms deer season may be over but the big game animals are still very much on the move. Whitetail deer are a constant concern for motorists, as car-deer collisions continue racking up big repair bills throughout the year.
MDH: Fatal Overdoses Outpace Fatal Crashes In Minn.Overdosing is becoming a bigger killer in Minnesota than car crashes. The Minnesota Department of Health says 507 people died from heroin or prescription painkiller overdoses last year.
DPS: Extra DWI, Impaired Driving Patrols Through Labor Day Drivers should expect to see more officers out on the roads searching for drunk drivers beginning this weekend. From Aug. 16 through Sept. 1, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety will increase DWI enforcement and highlight their education campaign.
Sen. Klobuchar Cracks Down On Distracted DrivingSenator Amy Klobuchar announced new legislation Saturday that will crack down on distracted driving. The bipartisan legislation introduced by Klobuchar will help fund extra enforcement and public education on distracted driving.
Police Begin 'Click It Or Ticket' CampaignPolice across Minnesota want to make sure everyone is wearing their seat belts as part of their latest "Click It or Ticket" campaign. The Department of Safety put out a new public service announcement last weekend comparing the impact of a crash without a seatbelt to falling from a tall building.
Snow Causes Multiple Crashes In Twin CitiesA fresh round of snow made for a tough Saturday afternoon on roads in the Twin Cities metro area. At Interstate 35 and 210th Street in Lakeville, there was a crash scene involving nearly a dozen vehicles. Several of them also slid into the median.
Organized Crime Causes Spike In Car Insurance FraudA sophisticated routine is taking money directly from our wallets. Mark Kulda of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota says anyone involved in even a slight car accident could be at risk.