abc
QUICK LINKS:

Distracted Driving Crackdown To Start Friday Statewide

Updated: 04/09/2014 10:11 PM
Created: 04/09/2014 9:34 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

It's a simple law, but it's one many Minnesotans disobey.

"Whether you're moving or stopped, you can't text," Lt. Jason Hanson, with the State Patrol, said.

Hanson spent Wednesday afternoon cracking down on distracted driving. Eyewitness News was along for the ride where we found three drivers texting while driving in two hours.

"It's a challenging law to enforce," Mark Baker said.

Baker is with Driving 4 Safe Communities. The coalition has a goal of zero deaths on Minnesota roads.

"It's not acceptable," Baker said. "We need to change that culture that people think traffic deaths are an acceptable way of dying."

The group supports the increased enforcement for distracted driving that starts Friday through Easter Sunday.

"They just don't want to take a break and focus on driving," Hanson said.

No matter the reason for texting in the car, it's not worth the ticket. More importantly, Hanson said it's not worth taking a life.

"Typically, your eyes are off the road for at least five to six seconds," Hanson said. "If you're traveling at the speed limit, you're traveling the distance of a football field without even looking where you're going."

Hanson said many drivers are unaware it is illegal to text while at a stop light.

The ramped-up enforcement was only one day in previous years, but Hanson said it's 10 days this year because texting is such a problem. April is distracted driving awareness month.

Tickets are $130.

Front Page

  • Justin's 2014-2015 Winter Prediction

    Winter is right around the corner and the question on everybody's mind is will we have a winter like last year.  With record stretches of cold and record snowfall last year is one we one like to forget. Chief meteorologist Justin Liles lets us know what we can expect this year

  • Woman in Douglas Co. Shootout was found Unresponsive in House Fire Day Before

    A 22-year-old Lake Nebagamon woman was hospitalized on Wednesday evening after an armed standoff with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. On Tuesday, authorities say that same woman was found by her neighbors unresponsive and not breathing after they saw flames coming from a downtown Lake Nebagamon home. 

  • Funding for Military Funeral Personnel Restored

    On Thursday, Rep. Rick Nolan received a letter from the Secretary of the Army that funding for the playing of "Taps," a rifle salute, and delivering a folded American flag will be restored.

  • Preparing for Ebola: Health System Working Together

    People who work in the Northland's health system are communicating on a regular basis, to prepare for Ebola, even though it's unlikely to appear here.

  • St. Luke's Honored by American Heart Association

    St. Luke's received three honors from the American Heart Association on Thursday, for their approach and teamwork when taking care of heart and stroke patients.

 

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Iron
Expires: 10/31/2014 11:00 AM

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

MI AREAS AFFECTED: Gogebic; Houghton; Keweenaw; Ontonagon; Southern Houghton
Expires: 10/31/2014 12:00 PM

Lakeshore Flood Advisory

MI AREAS AFFECTED: Alger; Baraga; Gogebic; Houghton; Keweenaw; Marquette; Ontonagon
Expires: 10/31/2014 2:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement