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Minnesota Cracks Down on Distracted Driving

Minnesota Authorities Hand Out 550 Distracted Driving Tickets in 10 Days

distracted drivingBetween April 11th and April 20th, Minnesota law enforcement agencies cited 550 drivers for distracted driving, especially texting and driving, as part of an education campaign.

According to the preliminary information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the 10-day distracted driving education campaign included:

1,394 citations for not wearing seat belts

25 citations for not using child restraints

417 actions (378 citations and 39 arrests) taken against driving after revocation, driving after suspension, or driving after cancellation

15 DWI arrests.

“The number of citations made in just those 10 days shows that far too many drivers still make poor choices behind the wheel,” said Donna Berger, OTS director. “Law enforcement officers across the state will continue to enforce distracted driving laws. Drivers can and will be ticketed at any time for texting while driving, not just during an enhanced enforcement campaign.”

According to the OTS, between 2009 and 2013, more than 86,000 crashes were attributed to distracted driving. The statistics also suggest that 60 fatalities and 8,000 injuries in the Minnesota area are caused by distracted driving each year.

It is illegal in Minnesota for drivers to read, compose, or send texts or emails on a wireless device. It is also illegal for drivers under the age of 18 to use a cell phone or smart phone for any reason while driving. However, distracted driving goes beyond just texting and driving; it can include day-dreaming, fiddling with a GPS or radio, eating or drinking, or grooming.

Distracted Driving in South Carolina

Distracted driving includes:

  • talking on a cell phone
  • eating and drinking
  • talking to passengers
  • grooming or putting on makeup
  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map
  • using a PDA or navigation system
  • watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet
  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod

It’s a common occurrence to see distracted drivers cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of distracted driving can lead to an accident, resulting in life altering and even deadly consequences.

The statistics on distracted driving nationwide are staggering:

20 percent of crashes which resulted in an injury involved a report of distracted driving of the deaths in distracted related driving accidents, 995 involved a report that the driver was using a cell phone in 2009, 5,474 people were killed on US roadways and an estimated additional 448, 000 were injured in crashes caused by distracted driving

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

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