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Hopkins, Metro Police Departments Step Up Texting Enforcement

Driver distraction accounts for about 20 percent of all crashes annually.

Drivers, don’t mess with your phones while you’re headed down the road. Hopkins and other metro police departments are ramping up texting enforcement starting Thursday.

Crystal, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minneapolis, New Hope, Robbinsdale and University of Minnesota Police Departments are highlighting the issue during the prom and graduation season. 

Driver distraction accounts for about 20 percent of all crashes annually. In the past three years, distracted teen drivers were involved in crashes that resulted in 25 deaths and 4,505 injuries.

Minnesota law bars drivers from reading, composing or sending texts or e-mails, as well as accessing the Web, while the vehicle is “in motion or a part of traffic,” according to the Minneapolis Police Department The law applies even when drivers are at a stoplight or in stuck in traffic. It is illegal for drivers younger than 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

Mike B. April 18, 2013 at 06:10 PM
The photo of the guy with the odd-looking Star Wars earphone, the coffee, and the phone is all too real. But driving around, I see more housewives doing this acrobatic maneuver while driving their minivans.... one hand with her coffee, one hand on the phone gossiping with her lady friends, and somehow backing up in the grocery store parking lot. More men may be drunken drivers, but let's face it, women drivers are worse, and the statistics from the auto insurance companies prove it.
joe April 18, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Mike B, you are correct about women in minivans doing everything but paying attention to their driving. They think the world circles around them, & nobody else matters out there on the road. Men can be bad too, but hands down, the minivan women are the worst.

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