10-Day Distracted Driving Campaign Leads to 550 Citations
ST. CLOUD — Minnesota law enforcement agencies cited 550 drivers for texting as part of a ten day distracted driving campaign.
According to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, over 1300 citations were giving for not wearing a seat belt, 25 for not using child restraints, 417 actions taken against driving after revocation and 15 DWI arrests.
OTS director Donna Berger says “The number of citations made in just those 10 days shows that far too many drivers still make poor choices behind the wheel.”
In Minnesota it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts or emails as well as access the web on a wireless device while driving. Even if stopped at stoplight or stop sign.
It is also illegal for drivers under 18 to use a cell phone at any time.
Minnesota’s “no texting” law was enforced in August 2008 and citations have increased each year.