More Motorcyclists Died In Minnesota This Year Than In All Of 2014It's been a deadly year for motorcyclists on Minnesota roads. Motorcycle deaths are up nearly 50-percent from this time last year.
State Blames Web Portal For Driver's License Data BreachMinnesota officials say driver's license data on 18 residents was accessed after a password-protected portal was inadvertently opened online. The Department of Public Safety said Monday the breach happened when a server update accidentally removed the authentication process to access the state's driver's license database.
Steeper Fines For Texting And Driving Coming This WeekendA new law will hit Minnesota drivers in their wallets if they text and drive. Starting Saturday, drivers could face a $225 fine for texting behind the wheel.
DPS: Traffic Deaths Up 21 Percent In 2015Traffic 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.
State Officials Say Traffic Deaths Are Lowest In 70 YearsMinnesota'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.
State Patrol To Crack Down On Excessive Speeding July 10-26The 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.
St. Louis Park Man's Firework Burns A Reminder Of Their DangerVictor 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.
DPS Offers Tips For Fourth Of July Firework SafetyThe 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.
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.
Law Enforcement Begin Extra Seat Belt Enforcement EffortMore than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are beginning an effort to ticket motorists who don't wear a seat belt.
DPS: 100 Minnesota Traffic Fatalities In 2015Minnesota 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.
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.
DPS: 909 Cited For Texting & Driving Last WeekThe 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.
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.
Police To Crack Down On Distracted DriversPolice 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.