- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says too many drivers are distracted by their cellphones.

A recent two-week enforcement effort nabbed more than 1,000 people for distracted driving, Minnesota Public Radio reported (https://bit.ly/2pJYu7O ). Last year, more than 970 citations were issued over half that amount of time.

“The numbers during our two-week campaign show some people are getting the message, especially when looking at the numbers from the previous year,” said Donna Berger, director of the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety.

But State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson said too many people still think it’s all right to look at their phone while driving.

“I think a lot of people think they can kind of get into a zone, they just drive the same way every day. But that’s not being engaged with what’s going on around you,” she said. “Those things can cause something to occur that could injure or kill another driver or yourself. We want drivers to be alert, put the phones away and not ever find themselves having to face criminal charges or a civil lawsuit for a wrongful death.”

The State Patrol says about 6,000 people were cited for using their phones while driving in 2016.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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