Friday, November 13, 2015

The Minnesota State Patrol is taking a proactive approach to stopping distracted driving after witnessing the number of distracted incidents grow.

From 2012-2014 in Minnesota, distracted driving was a factor in one out of every four traffic crashes, resulting in an average of 60 deaths and 7,900 injuries per year.

Over the last five years in Minnesota (2010-2014), 19 percent of all traffic fatalities and serious injuries were distraction-related.

If you injure or kill someone because of texting and driving, you can face a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation or homicide.

With Minnesota's "No Texting" law, it's illegal for drivers to read, send texts and emails, and access the web while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. That includes sitting at a stoplight or stop sign.

Under the enhanced state texting law, drivers face a $225 fine for second and subsequent violations of the texting while driving law, in addition to the current $50 fine.

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