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Statewide Crackdown on Distracted Driving Begins this Weekend

Updated: 04/11/2014 7:31 AM
Created: 04/10/2014 11:16 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

Minnesota is cracking down on distracted driving.

According to the Department of Public Safety, more than 86,000 crashes from 2009 to 2013 were attributed to distracted driving, or 25 percent. On Thursday, DPS announced a 10-day campaign to step up enforcement and educate people about its dangers.

According to the department, nearly 400 Minnesota agencies will be adding extra patrols from April 11-20.

In Minnesota, it’s illegal for drivers to text or surf the Internet while behind the wheel, including at stoplights. It’s also illegal for drivers under 18 to use a cellphone at all. In 2013, the department says 2,189 citations were issued for texting compared to 1,718 in 2012.

Find complete state laws and resources about distracted driving here.

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