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Crashes from texting and driving
Minnesota law prohibits drivers from texting while behind the wheel, but they continue to do it. And they are getting caught. Numbers released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) analysis of court records show that law enforcement cited 9,545 motorists for texting while driving, a 30 percent jump from 2017 when police issued 7,357 tickets. Citations have increased for six straight years, rising 459 percent since 2012 when the practice was outlawed. That year police handed out 1,707 tickets. “The citation data underscores the significant challenge we have in getting drivers to pay attention to the task of driving,” said Col. Matt Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. “We encourage all drivers to pay attention to the task of driving, which is a full-time job.” Two people have been killed in distracted driving-related crashes in 2019. One of the fatal crashes involved a driver using a cellphone and one involved distraction from a … [Read more...] about Texting while driving citations in Minnesota jump 30 percent
Minnesota legislators and advocates unfurled a new effort Monday to ban cellphone use without a hands-free device and increase penalties for texting while driving, in the face of rising concerns about distracted motoring. “I pray you do not have to go through what I’ve had to go through this past year,” said Joanne Lofgren Ploetz at a Capitol news conference, wearing her husband’s military jacket. Her husband John Ploetz was killed in December 2017 by a woman who was texting when she hit his car. Between 2013 and 2017, distracted driving contributed to 20 percent of Minnesota crashes, killing an average 53 people every year, according to the Department of Public Safety. Measures to require hands-free devices when using a cellphone while driving previously stalled out, most recently last year when a flurry of activity late in the legislative session came up short. Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, is the chief author in the Senate and was joined by Rep. Frank … [Read more...] about Minnesota legislators renew push for hands-free cell use, tougher penalties for texting while driving
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Taxes Legislature: Voted to bring Minnesota in line with changes to federal tax code and included cuts to the corporate tax rate and reductions for the two lowest income tax brackets. In response to the governor's request that the bill include $138 million in emergency school funding, the Legislature set aside $225 million, but most of it was from existing school funds rather than new money. Governor: Vetoed the bill, saying he disagreed with some provisions and rejected the Legislature's school-funding plan. Bottom line: Unless the Legislature acts quickly on a tax bill when it reconvenes in January, some Minnesotans will face higher taxes and all will face complications in filing taxes under the old federal rules. Gun control Legislature: After the school shootings in Florida and Texas, DFL lawmakers tried repeatedly to bring gun-related proposals up for a vote, including one that would expand background checks and another that would allow for a court to order someone's guns to be … [Read more...] about What got done and what didn’t at Minnesota Legislature