Minnesota Law Enforcement To Focus On Distracted Driving

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 5:53 am

Starting Thursday, police officers across the state will crack down on distracted drivers here in Minnesota. 400 agencies will increase patrols and ticket drivers who are not paying attention to the road.

Officers will be especially looking for people texting which is illegal even while waiting at a light. Police say they see many drivers who eat, read, and put on make up while driving.

Driver distraction is a leading crash factor in Minnesota, accounting for around 20% of all crashes every year, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 injuries.

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