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Minnesota plans distracted driving patrol blitz

ST. PAUL -- More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota will be conducting extra distracted driving patrols April 9-22.

Texting citations climbed nearly 23 percent from 2016 to 2017, the state Department of Public Safety said in a news release.

“Enough is enough,” Office of Traffic Safety director Mike Hanson said. “We are such a plugged-in, always-on society that focusing only on the road while driving takes effort. But trying to multitask behind the wheel takes even more effort. If you’re trying to do two things - like drive and text, or stream or post - you’re not focused on driving.”

During the 2017 distracted driving extra enforcement campaign, law enforcement cited 1,017 people for texting and driving. The state says an average of 59 people were killed because of distracted driving between 2012-2016.

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