ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A deadly period on Minnesota roads happened just over a year ago.

Seventeen people were killed in four days in crashes from April 23-26, 2010. Of those killed, seven were teenagers — and only one of them was buckled up.

The fatalities included six people killed in a head-on crash in Cambridge and three teens killed in southeast Minnesota in a race between pickups.

Safety officials are using the anniversary of last year’s deadly spring to urge parents to lay down rules for teen drivers during the prom and graduation seasons.

Officials say parents should set limits on nighttime driving and the number of passengers. They also should remind teenagers of Minnesota’s primary seat belt law, and the ban on texting and all cellphone use for drivers under age 18.

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Comments (5)
  1. rach says:

    take cell phones away prom night.

    1. Mitch W says:

      Good in theory but what if there is an emergency etc. I rather have the piece of mind that I can get a hold of my kids, and vice versa.

    2. JamieinMN says:

      Umm no not JUST on prom night, EVERY NIGHT!! BOTH parents and law enforcement need to crack down on buckling up and using electronics while driving. I know “buckling up should be my choice” but if you crash your car and become a vegetable, it’s us as the taxpayers who get to take care of you.

  2. kelsey says:

    I am 20 years old, and to the defense of all the teen drivers, it is not only them who do not buckle and text and talk on cell phones while driving. This is a problem for all ages and i strongly believe that we need to stop pointing fingers and be more aware of our surroundings.

    1. JamieinMN says:

      I agree. I’ve just learned that my aunt….almost 50 years old is constantly on her phone while driving (texting and talking) and my cousins are TERRIFIED of this!! The oldest sometimes has to steer for her mother. Drives me absolutely mad.

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