MN Distracted Driving Crackdown 11 Apr 14

Law enforcement officials across Minnesota will be cracking down on distracted driving over the next week-and-a-half. Extra officers will be on the roads and new education efforts will be launched over the course of the distracted driving crackdown, which is in effect starting today (FRI) and running through Sunday, April 20th. Driver distraction accounts for around 25% of all crashes annually 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. A new study has found  that using a cell phone while driving delays your reactions as much as having an alcohol-concentration level of .08%. And when texting, drivers take their eyes off the road for up to 4.6 out of every 6 seconds – the equivalent to traveling the length of a football field at 55 miles-per-hour without looking up.