Remember when going on a road trip meant unfolding maps, plotting your course, and writing out step-by-step directions? Technology has changed all that, with GPS units and map apps to track our trips. Waze users report accidents, stalled vehicles and traffic jams, and it all gets factored into travel estimates.
An Apple Valley high school is getting creative with the message to drive distraction free. “It’s a pretty effective video, and she’s adorable,” Eastview High School senior Carrie Burns said. “She” is 5-year-old Sofia Fornicoia.
In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don’t drink and then climb behind the wheel.
Real or staged this is a fantastic video of one driver trying to get out of a parking lot.
As the weather starts to take a turn for the colder, it’s assured snowflakes aren’t that far off. And that, in turn, gives us cause to wonder if Twin Cities drivers are safe enough to handle the coming winter months.
In our culture of distracted driving, school buses have become increasingly vulnerable. In 2012, 553 school buses were involved in accidents, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Driving can be dangerous for any new teen driver, but research shows that adding texting to the mix makes matters much worse. Sending or reading a text message distracts most teenage drivers for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, it’s like driving the entire length of a football field while blind. Lt. Jeff Schlumpberger with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says it’s illegal to text and drive in Minnesota.
You may start to see a lot more vehicles with pink mustaches on the streets of St. Paul. A new, free car-sharing app called Lyft connects drivers and passengers. Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Swanson has climbed aboard the bandwagon simply by having a smartphone and a car.
Beltrami authorities are searching for a man they believe led police on a high-speed chase Wednesday afternoon near Bemidji, Minn. According to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Edwin Lee Johnson, 41, of Bemidji, was reportedly seen driving extremely recklessly on Bemidji Avenue North at 1 p.m. Wednesday, just north of Bemidji. He was driving a stolen white 1999 Oldsmobile Alero with Minnesota license plates, authorities said.
Whether you’re driving, biking or taking a bus, WCCO has the guide to get you out to the fair.
A proposal to increase Wisconsin’s speed limit to 70 mph may race through the state Assembly, but it appears to be headed for a speed bump or two in the Senate and with Gov. Scott Walker.
MnDOT’s urging drivers to plan ahead this weekend due to several road construction projects around the metro. Highway projects include work on Highway 10 between West Main Street/Greenhaven Road and Seventh Avenue.
The Belle Plaine police officer accused of driving under the influence in November 2012 while off-duty pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one gross misdemeanor count of DWI. Bryan Pasek’s second DWI charge and his speeding ticket for driving 96 mph in a 55 zone on Highway 169 at Park Boulevard were dismissed. Pasek had registered a 0.17 BAC at the time.
Starting Monday, there will be new messages on those electronic signs above the highways. You’ve seen those digital signs warning motorists about stepped up enforcement of laws on drunk driving and speeding, but MnDOT felt the messages weren’t sinking in.
This holiday weekend, lakes and rivers around the state will be packed with boaters who are finally getting the chance to enjoy summer. But, a day off for most Minnesotans means a busy day for the Department of Natural Resources patrolling the water for those who are drinking and boating.