Traffic safety concerns for MN fishing opener, May 10

By KBJR News 1

Traffic safety concerns for MN fishing opener, May 10

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 3:57 PM CDT

Baxter, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- This weekend the Minnesota fishing opener kicks off, and so does an effort to warn drivers of common traffic problems during the opener.

The Minnesota State Patrol is asking drivers to keep an eye on their following distance and stay back far enough to prevent a crash with the vehicle ahead.

"Normally, the three–second following distance rule is taught, but many northbound travelers during the fishing opener and all summer are pulling trailers with boats or ATV's, campers, and the like – all of which would require following at a distance of at least 500 feet, which would be farther back than the three–second rule." Regional Public Information Officer, Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, said.

Other main concerns are drivers not paying attention, following too closely and speeding, especially around the lakes areas.

Ramona Marozas