The Minnesota Department of Transportation is out with its snow plow trucks trying to clear the roads of snow and ice, but the department says things are improving.
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There’s a law you may not know about that you could be breaking this winter. In Minnesota, drivers are required to clear their car windows of snow before driving. Scraping may seem pretty standard, but a lot of people aren’t doing it. Officers say that’s caused a string of accidents.
The alternating pattern of extreme cold and fresh doses of snow that’s held through much of January landed on snow during the worst possible time — the morning commute. Twin Cities drivers found themselves at the mercy of the white stuff Thursday morning.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for teenagers across the country, which is why one group is working to help keep them alive behind the wheel. The Tire Rack Street Survival program was held Saturday at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. The program was created to improve driver competence through hands-on experience. Students learn how to manage driving hazards, obstacles and challenges on an advanced driving course.
The extreme cold has made driving a challenge for many across the metro area. From cars that didn’t start to fender benders along every stretch of highway, this polar blast translates into big bucks for repair shops. The majority of those shops have holding areas filled with dozens of banged up vehicles waiting to be repaired.
In the new year, Minnesota drivers are paying more at the pumps than a year ago. The average price statewide is $3.24 a gallon. That compares to $3.07 this time last year.
With more snow forecasted to move through Minnesota over the next few days, the Department of Public Safety has reminded drivers to use extra caution. There were four fatal crashes throughout the state amid Monday’s snowfall, including one on Interstate 94 involving a jackknifed semi.
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The demographics of Minnesota’s roads are changing. Between 2006 and 2012, the numbers of drivers age 49 and younger fell sharply. Meanwhile, during the same time period, every category of drivers age 50 and older was on the rise. But from the shape and meaning of road signs to the law allowing right turns on red, a lot has changed over the years.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has officially been charged with DWI, after being arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunken driving along Interstate 394. Simpson was charged with one count of fourth-degree DWI and one count of refusing to submit a chemical test, which is a misdemeanor.
Disbelief? Shock? Joy? All of the above apply when it comes to filling up at the gas pump these days. AAA Minnesota reports an average price of $3 per gallon in the Twin Cities metro area.
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.