Minn law enforcement agencies to crack down on distracted driving

By KBJR News 1

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Minn law enforcement agencies to crack down on distracted driving

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 11, 2014 at 9:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are reminding you to keep your eyes forward when you hit the road this weekend.

Nearly 400 Minnesota agencies are adding extra patrols during an enhanced law enforcement campaign that runs through April 20th.

It's illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails while driving in the state, but that's just the beginning.

Authorities remind us distracted driving goes beyond texting; daydreaming, eating and drinking and even changing the radio station all take your eyes off the road.

"By the time we respond to a crash. It's too late. And people need to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving and take steps to prevent it so they don't have to meet one of us in one of those unfortunate situations," said Lt. Eric Roeske with the Minnesota State Patrol.

Driver distraction is a leading crash factor, accounting for 25 percent of all Minnesota crashes.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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