Distracted Driving Crackdown 19 Apr 14

A statewide crackdown on distracted driving continues through this weekend. Extra officers are on the roads throughout Minnesota in an effort to reduce distracted driving, which accounts for around 25% of all crashes annually in our state. In 2012, distracted driver-related crashes resulted in 51 deaths and over 8,300 injuries in Minnesota. It is against the law in our state for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails, and access the Web on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic, such as at a stoplight or stuck in traffic. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time while driving. The latest distracted driving enforcement effort runs through Sunday.