Distracted Driving Crackdown 17 Apr 12

Law enforcement agencies around the state are launching a one-day campaign against the dangers of not paying attention while behind the wheel. Safety officials say distracted driving is involved in one-fourth of all highway crashes in Minnesota each year, and that inattention takes many forms, from daydreaming to changing radio stations to texting and cell phone use. The State Patrol’s Lieutenant Eric Roeske says that using a cell phone to text or surf the internet in a vehicle that is not parked is against the law in Minnesota. He says that distracted driving citations are increasing every year. Last year, nearly 800 motorists were ticketed. Safety officials have set aside this Thursday for focusing public attention on the dangers of inattention behind the wheel, and will be pulling over distracted drivers across the state.