Thursday, March 10, 2016

DPS Traffic Safety Experts to Give Demonstrations and Advice March 12 – 20


WHAT: Meet members of the Minnesota State Patrol, check out the workings of a squad car, and learn how to stay safe on Minnesota roadways at the 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show.
This year, Auto Show guests will also:
·         Experience a roadside DWI test.
·         Operate the AAA distracted driving simulator.
·         View the ignition interlock system.
·         Meet Matka, the newest member of the State Patrol's K-9 team and its only explosives detecting dog.
·         Ask questions about teen driving and child passenger safety car seats.
WHEN:  State Patrol Troopers will be on the Auto Show floor throughout the event.
·         10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on March 12, 16, 18, 19
·         4:00 – 10:00 p.m. on March 14, 15, 17
·         10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on March 13 and 20
Demonstrations and Experts 
·         March 12 & 19, 12 – 3 p.m.: Drunk Goggles and Ignition Interlock Demonstration
·         March 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Teen Driving Safety
·         March 13, 2 – 4 p.m.:  Meet Matka, with K-9 Demonstration at 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
·         March 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Distracted Driving Simulator
·         March 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Child Passenger Safety Education
WHERE:   Minneapolis Convention Center
    1301 Second Ave S 
                    Troopers, Squads and Experts will be located in the Ride and Drive Section
WHO:        Minnesota State Patrol Troopers
                    Jody Oscarson, Impaired Driving Coordinator
                    Gordy Pehrson, Teen Driving Coordinator 
                    Heather Darby, Child & Passenger Safety Coordinator
                    Matka, State Patrol Explosives Detecting K-9
                   Kaj Meinhardt, Matka's Partner 
WHY:    The mission of the Minnesota State Patrol and the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) is to keep the public safe on the roads. Through education and enforcement Troopers, hope to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes in Minnesota. 
Distracted Driving
·         Contributes to one in four crashes in Minnesota.
·         Contributes to an average of 60 deaths and 7,900 injuries a year (2012 – 2014)
DWIs continue to cost lives on Minnesota roads
·         One out of four deaths is drunk driving-related.
·         Results in 96 deaths per year.
The teen driving years can be scary for any parent
·         Traffic crashes are the leading killer of 16-17-year-olds in Minnesota after suicide.
·         An average of 32 teens are killed and more than 3,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes each year (2010 – 2014).
Child passenger seats save lives
·         Traffic crashes are a leading killer of youth.
·         Three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly.

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