Each Year on Minnesota Roads:
• More than 400 people are killed and more than 30,000 are injured.
• More than one-half of the motorists killed are not buckled up.
• More than one-third of the state’s traffic deaths are alcohol-
• More than 30,000 motorists are arrested for DWI — over 500,000 Minnesotans have a DWI on record, translating to one in seven drivers.
• Distracted driving is a contributing factor in at least 25 percent of all crashes.
• Illegal speeding is a contributing factor in 15 percent of all fatal crashes.
Do Your Part to Make Minnesota Roads Safer:
• Insist passengers wear seat belts — during a crash, unbelted motorists can slam into and injure or kill other passengers — in most cases, they are ejected from the vehicle.
• Under Minnesota’s primary seat belt law, drivers and passengers in all seating positions — including the back seat — must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint. Law enforcement can stop motorists solely for seatbelt violations, including unbelted passengers.
• Make sure children are in the correct child restraint for their age and size — children under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches need to be in a child safety seat or booster seat.
• Minimize distractions. Turn off the cell phone. Limit conversations. Don’t reach for food or drink. Put passengers in charge of the radio and other controls. Remember, texting while driving is illegal in Minnesota.
Drive at Safe Speeds
• The posted speed is the speed limit.
• Adjust speeds based on road conditions.
• Keep at least a three-second stopping distance between the vehicle in front of you.
Never Drive Impaired
• If you plan on partying, plan on a safe and sober ride in advance.
• DWI arrest results in loss of license for at least 90 days and costs up to $20,000 when factoring legal fees and increased insurance costs.
Source: MN TZD. Site developed and managed by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. www.minnesotatzd.org