Minnesota Department Of Public Safety

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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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Suspect In Custody Following 10-Mile Chase, Shooting

A suspect is in custody in Hubbard County after a 10-mile pursuit ended in a two police officers firing their guns. Ty Justin Andree, 23, of Bemidji was taken into custody Friday night after fleeing Becker County deputies who attempted to stop him when they identified Andree’s car as one suspected in the theft from a Detroit Lakes liquor store.

03/22/2014

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State Patrol: Plan A Sober Ride For St. Patrick’s Day

If you plan on going out for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, authorities said you’ll want to make sure you have a sober ride. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Thursday the State Patrol will have extra squads out over the weekend looking for impaired drivers.

03/13/2014

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Report Shows Gun Permits Nearly Doubled In 2013

A report released Friday shows permits to conceal and carry handguns in Minnesota have nearly doubled in the last year. The report from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension showed that nearly 63,000 applications for handgun permits were processed, and more than 60,000 were issued.

02/28/2014

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Minn. Agency Delays Driver Data Shift

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has postponed for two months the elimination of bulk sales of driver’s license and vehicle records, an official with the agency said Thursday.

02/13/2014

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Lawmakers Seek To Ban Cell Phone Use In Construction Zones

Minnesota drivers using cell phones are distracted, and sometimes deadly. Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski were killed in 2011 by a distracted driver in a construction zone who was traveling at a high speed. Carlson’s widow, Deb Carlson of Ramsey, says her husband was killed in an instant. “[The] car that was traveling at 70 miles per hour,” Carlson said.

02/10/2014

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Tighter Grip On Driver Data Sets Off Minn. Feud

Imminent changes in access policies for Minnesota driver’s license and vehicle registration data have the auto insurance industry warning of higher rates and car dealers saying that safety recalls could be hampered.

02/06/2014

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DPS: Plan A Sober Ride For Super Bowl

If you’re a football fan planning to be out drinking for the Super Bowl on Sunday, you’ll want to make sure you have a sober ride. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said there have been zero drunk driving deaths for the past five Super Bowls, and they want to keep it that way.

02/01/2014

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DPS: Minn. Traffic Deaths Down In 2013

Traffic deaths on Minnesota roads were down in 2013 and have decreased sharply over the last decade, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Thursday.

01/16/2014

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Authorities Stress Sober Rides On New Year’s Eve

Minnesota law enforcement officials say people planning to head out on New Year’s Eve should also be thinking about that sober ride home. The Department of Public Safety says extra patrols of state troopers and other law enforcers will be on the lookout for drunken drivers Tuesday night.

12/31/2013

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Minn. Panel Suggests More Capitol Gun Notification

A state security panel backed the idea of more regular permit checks for gun owners who want to carry weapons in the State Capitol, but fell short of votes Tuesday on a proposal to ban guns altogether in certain state government buildings or areas.

11/26/2013

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Fire Fatalities Down In 2013, Safety Encouraged For Holiday Cooking

Officials said Tuesday fire deaths are down so far this year compared to 2012 and safety is being encouraged around homes as we get ready to cook holiday dinners. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said there have been 30 fire-related deaths so far this year. That’s down from 44 at this time last year.

11/26/2013

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Fatal Deer-Vehicle Crashes On Pace To Set Record

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding motorists and motorcyclists to be especially cautious of deer in coming months, as they are breeding and more active this time of year. DPS says seven people have been killed in deer-motorcycle accidents so far in 2013.

10/03/2013

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DPS: 1,500+ Arrested For DWI During Late Summer Crackdown

More than 1,500 drivers were arrested for drunk driving during the end-of-summer “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Authorities said as many as 344 agencies arrested 1,556 impaired drivers during the campaign, which went from Aug. 16-Sept. 2.

09/13/2013

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Much Room For Drivers To Improve Around School Buses

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.

09/12/2013

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Police Still Looking For Person Of Interest In Granite Falls Homicide

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Wednesday they’ve located the 1996 GMC Sierra pick-up truck that they believe belongs to Andrew Joseph Dikken, a person of interest in the case. Authorities said the truck was found in a remote location about five miles north of Belview, Minn.

09/04/2013

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DPS: Ignition Interlock Greatly Reduces Reoffenders

The ignition interlock device program has been extremely effective at reducing reoffenders in Minnesota, according to information released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Wednesday.

08/21/2013

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State Patrol: 225 Drunk Drivers Caught Friday Night

More than 200 drivers are facing drunk-driving charges after just one night of increased patrols. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 225 drivers failed sobriety tests during Friday night. The department is also tweeting information about those arrested for DWI, including age, gender and blood alcohol level of offenders. The arrest location is also noted, but the names of the offenders are not revealed.

08/17/2013

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DPS Officials Say Motorcycle Deaths Up In 2013

More motorcyclists have died this year on Minnesota roads compared to last year at this time, according to officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Officials said 26 riders have lost their lives in 2013. There were 18 motorcycle deaths at this time last year.

07/10/2013

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Don’t Text 911; You’ll Get This Message

If you’ve ever tried texting a 911 call in Minnesota, you probably didn’t get a response. Now the state’s four major service carriers are doing something about it.

06/28/2013

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Minnesota Traffic Deaths Rise In 2012

Traffic safety officials say Minnesota last year saw its first increase in traffic deaths since 2007. The final crash report shows Minnesota had 395 traffic deaths in 2012. That’s a 7 percent increase from 2011, when 368 deaths were recorded.

06/19/2013

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Officials Give Motorcyclists Chance To Test Skills

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety are giving motorcyclists a chance to test their rider skills, and be evaluated by a certified instructor. Officials will have the Motorcycle Safety Center’s SMARTrainer at the Vintage Motorcycle Show on Friday and Saturday at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

06/14/2013

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