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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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Good Question: How Long Should Car Seats And Bike Helmets Last?

We all know why food has expiration dates, but did you know car seats and bike helmets do as well? After Heather from Richmond had a baby, she saw the date on her car seat and wanted to know what it means.

09/11/2014

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Traffic Deaths Related To Impaired Driving Decreases In 2013

The number of traffic deaths caused by impaired driving decreased by nine percent in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Officials said impaired-related traffic fatalities in Minnesota dropped to 95 in 2013 from 104 in 2012.

08/28/2014

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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.

08/14/2014

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DPS: Minn. Traffic Crashes Up, But Fatalities Down In 2013

A report by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that traffic fatalities in 2013 were the second lowest in a decade after a jump in 2012.

06/30/2014

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Fire Marshal: Kitchen Fires Deadliest In 7 Years

Authorities said Wednesday that kitchen fires killed more people last year than in the previous seven years combined, according to statistics by the State Fire Marshal.

06/18/2014

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DPS: 3 Fatal Crashes, 425 DWI Arrests Over Memorial Day Weekend

It was a deadly weekend on Minnesota roads as many headed out to cabins or other weekend destinations for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday that of 466 crashes over the holiday weekend, three were deadly and 228 involved injuries.

05/27/2014

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DPS: 2014 Traffic Deaths Surpass 100

The number of traffic-related deaths this year in Minnesota surpassed 100 this weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. A single-car crash Saturday in Alexandria took the lives of driver Howard Ogaard and passenger Beverly Palmer, who became the 99th and 100th traffic-related deaths of 2014.

05/20/2014

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DPS: Plan A Sober Ride For Fishing Opener

As anglers head out for the 2014 Fishing Opener, authorities are sending out a reminder to plan for a sober ride if you plan on drinking this weekend. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said officers will be out in full force Friday in at least 25 counties around the state.

05/09/2014

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DPS Launches Campaign To Crack Down On Distracted Driving

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced Thursday it’s cracking down on distracted driving across the state with a 10-day campaign that will launch Friday.

04/10/2014

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