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DPS: Traffic Deaths Up 21 Percent In 2015

Traffic deaths are up 21 percent across Minnesota as we hit late July compared to this time last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. State officials said there have been 201 traffic deaths in the state so far in 2015, which includes at least two fatal crashes over the weekend.

07/20/2015

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State Officials Say Traffic Deaths Are Lowest In 70 Years

Minnesota’s roads are becoming safer. But in the same breath, state officials say this year traffic fatalities are up. Authorities say 361 people died in crashes on Minnesota roads last year. That’s the lowest amount since 1944.

07/16/2015

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State Patrol To Crack Down On Excessive Speeding July 10-26

The Minnesota State Patrol launched a new campaign Thursday morning in an effort to keep drivers safe across the state this summer. The State Patrol said more than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota will be involved in conducting speed patrols over the next three weekends, starting Friday.

07/09/2015

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St. Louis Park Man’s Firework Burns A Reminder Of Their Danger

Victor Valdez burned his back while he was camping with friends in Le Sueur. After a friend set off fireworks, a shell burned through his tent as he slept and burned his back, leg and the bottom of his foot as it exploded.

07/03/2015

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DPS Offers Tips For Fourth Of July Firework Safety

The Fourth of July is just a week away, and with the holiday comes barbecues, yard games and fireworks. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding people to exercise caution when around fireworks this Fourth of July.

06/26/2015

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Remains Of Missing Mpls. Woman Found In State Park

State officials say they are planning to make an announcement Wednesday about the body of a long-time missing Minneapolis woman found in Gooseberry Falls State Park.

05/20/2015

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Law Enforcement Begin Extra Seat Belt Enforcement Effort

More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are beginning an effort to ticket motorists who don’t wear a seat belt.

05/18/2015

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DPS: 100 Minnesota Traffic Fatalities In 2015

Minnesota reached a grim milestone Tuesday after two fatal crashes pushed the state’s 2015 traffic fatality number to 100. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety says a head-on crash killed two drivers in Carlton, and a roll-over crash in St. Louis County killed a man who was not wearing his seat belt.

04/29/2015

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Good Question: How Does The National Guard Mobilize Locally?

Over the past decade, the Minnesota National Guard has been placed on active state duty 25 times. In just the past month, local troops have helped in the fight again wild fires in Northern Minnesota and the avian flu in western Minnesota.

04/28/2015

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DPS: 909 Cited For Texting & Driving Last Week

The 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.

04/24/2015

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DPS Stresses Safety As 30K Motorcyclists Set For ‘Spring Flood Run’

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers to “Start Seeing Motorcycles” as the warming weather ushers in the two-wheeler season. The DPS says up to 30,000 motorcyclists are expected to ride this Saturday in the 50th annual Spring Flood Run, travelling from the Twin Cities to Winona along the Mississippi and St. Croix river valleys.

04/17/2015

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Police To Crack Down On Distracted Drivers

Police 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.

04/14/2015

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Minn. DPS: DWI Arrests On St. Patrick’s Day Lowest In 6 Years

More people chose to grab a sober ride this St. Patrick’s Day. Tuesday marked the lowest DWI arrests on the holiday in six years, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

03/18/2015

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Minnesota Reports 1st Motorcycle Fatality Of 2015

Public safety officials say a 53-year-old man who crashed his motorcycle in Sherburne County over the weekend is Minnesota’s first motorcycle fatality of 2015.

03/16/2015

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DPS Warns: Get A Sober Ride For St. Patrick’s Day

Nearly 127 million people across the country plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday. Those who do celebrate usually wear lots of green and spend lots of green. Because many observe the holiday with adult beverages, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety wanted to remind everyone to make sure they line up a sober ride if they’re planning on being out and about.

03/16/2015

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Mom Of Minnesota Toddler Hurt In Crash Speaks Out On Texting

A mother of a toddler who suffered a severe head injury in a crash near the Twin Cities is asking people to avoid texting while driving.

02/09/2015

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Minn. DPS: Record-Low Traffic Deaths In January

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says January 2015 marks a record-low month for traffic deaths on Minnesota roads. According to the DPS, last month was one of the safest since 1984, when the DPS began keeping statistics electronically.

02/05/2015

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Super Bowl Drunk Driving Arrests Down Significantly In Minnesota

DWI arrests were about a third of the size of the five-year average. Preliminary numbers suggest an overall decline in drunk drivers in Minnesota.

02/02/2015

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Authorities To Ramp Up DWI Enforcement Over Super Bowl

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is teaming up with former Minnesota Viking Chuck Foreman to crack down on drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday.

01/29/2015

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DPS: 2014 Traffic Deaths Fall To Near Record-Low

Traffic deaths decreased to a near record-low in 2014, according to figures released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

01/14/2015

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Authorities Warn Of Carbon Monoxide Danger After Recent Deaths

A Minnesota woman who lost her daughter to carbon monoxide poisoning 10 years ago is urging families to know the dangers of the deadly gas. Officials say when it’s cold, the risk of carbon monoxide deaths increases.

12/05/2014

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DPS: 8,000+ Motorists Cited For Not Being Belted In October

More than 8,000 motorists were cited for not wearing their seat belts during a 16-day campaign in October, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. A preliminary report showed that 8,080 drivers and passengers were cited from Oct. 10-26 for not wearing their seat belts in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

11/05/2014

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Extra Patrols To Look For Impaired Drivers Over Halloween

If you’re planning on going out and drinking for Halloween, authorities say you better plan to have a sober ride home. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Thursday that extra patrols will be out for Halloween and the weekend looking for impaired drivers.

10/30/2014

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Minn. Officials Walk Through Mock Ebola Scenario

More than 100 representatives from several Minnesota agencies are going through a mock exercise to review the state’s preparedness in the event of a case of Ebola.

10/23/2014

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Minnesota Sex-Trafficking Convictions Rise In 2013

The Minnesota Public Safety Department says sex-trafficking convictions have doubled in the past year. The state report released Wednesday says convictions for solicitation and promotion of prostitution and sex trafficking rose to 63 in 2013 from 31 in 2012.

10/16/2014

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