Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving On The Rise In Minnesota, And Police Are Cracking DownDistracted driving remains the leading cause of all injury and property damage crashes in Minnesota. It's also one of three top factors in all deadly accidents, ahead of alcohol.
State Patrol Using Unmarked Cars To Find Distracted DriversThe Minnesota State Patrol is taking a new approach to catch distracted drivers. They're adding more unmarked vehicles to their fleet. Most drivers will put the phone down if they see a squad car, the unmarked vehicles make it easier to spot someone texting and driving.
State Patrol To Unveil Unmarked Cars To Help Against Distracted DrivingThe Minnesota State Patrol is planning to introduce some new tools that will help keep the roads safer. On Monday, the department plans to unveil five new unmarked cars that will just focus on stopping distracted drivers, a particular frustration to state troopers.
LeSueur Co. Man, 79, Hit & Killed While Getting Morning PaperDistracted driving may be to blame for an accident that killed a beloved school bus driver near New Prague. The LeSueur County Sheriff's Office says 79-year-old Joe Tikalsky was collecting his morning newspaper from a roadside mailbox Wednesday, when a woman driving down County Road 29 hit him. He was killed instantly.
4 Things To Know: Visitation Held For Aitkin Co. Investigator, Clinton Testifies & MoreFrom the visitation for Aitkin County Sheriff's Investigator Steven Sandberg to a new study finding hands-free devices still distract drivers, here is a look at the top four stories for Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.
NDDOT Adds Extra Enforcement Against Distracted DrivingNorth Dakota transportation officials say that law enforcement officers throughout the state worked more than 300 hours of overtime last month in a campaign to deter distracted driving.
Distracted Driver Talks About Crash That Killed Mother Of 2On Monday, a distracted driver will talk for the first time about the crash that killed a 33-year-old mother. Last June, 25-year-old Christopher Weber picked up his cell phone to make a bank transaction while he was driving in Rock County.
After Injuring Baby In Crash, Teen Speaks Out On Distracted Driving Distracted driving killed 48 people on Minnesota roads last year. A texting teenager nearly made that number 49. Shyann Ericksen hit another car head-on in Eagan last summer. She sat down with WCCO-TV to talk about the crash.
DPS: 909 Cited For Texting & Driving Last WeekThe Minnesota Department of Public Safety says more than 900 drivers were cited for distracted driver during their six-day enforcement period last week. Officials say 909 people were pulled over and ticketed between April 13 and April 18 for texting and driving in the state.
Woman Charged In Fatal Crash Sentenced To Year Of ProbationA Hatton woman accused of causing a fatal crash while using her cellphone while driving will not spend time in jail. Twenty-year-old Abby Sletten had faced a felony negligent homicide charge in the May 2014 death of 89-year-old Phyllis Gordon, of Ada, Minnesota.
Metro High School Stages Powerful Mock Car CrashWith prom season upon us, high school students are hearing about the effects of drinking and driving. Mock crashes are common this time of year, but a Twin Cities high school is taking theirs to new heights.
Police To Crack Down On Distracted DriversPolice across Minnesota are stepping up enforcement this week against distracted drivers. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says most accidents are caused by drivers using cellphones, GPS navigation, music controls or eating and drinking.
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