distracted driving

Extra distracted driving enforcement in MN as state marks one year of being hands-free

Minnesota’s hands-free law went into effect August 1st, 2019

MINNESOTA — For a little over a year, Minnesotans have been required by the hands-free law to put down their phones while driving, in the hopes of making roads safer for everyone. “Unfortunately, a year after the hands-free law went into effect, we’re seeing some drivers who haven’t gotten the message and have not changed their behavior,” says Minnesota Office…

Fargo man injured in head-on crash in Mapleton

MAPLETON, N.D.–A Fargo man was injured after colliding with another vehicle in Mapleton on Wednesday. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Dane Kastrinos of Fargo was traveling southbound on Cass County Road 11 at approximately 5 p.m. At the same time, 21-year-old Emily Peterson and 52-year-old Adam Peterson turned northbound on the same road. As Kastrinos approached Peterson, Kastrinos…

Moorhead Police Department Offers Tips to Prepare for “Hands-Free” Law.

The Moorhead Police Department says more than 60,000 crashes were distracted driving related from 2014-2018.

Moorhead, MN–The Moorhead Police Department offered tips to help prepare for the new “Hands-Free” law that will take effect August 1, 2019 in Minnesota. They suggest pre-programming radio stations, programming the GPS route in advance, avoiding messy foods, and speaking up to stop drivers from distracted driving. The Moorhead Police Department says more than 60,000 crashes were distracted driving related…

Lake Park-Audubon Students Stage Distracted Driving Crash

The mock crash was complete with fake blood, first responders, and a Life-Flight helicopter

LAKE PARK, Minn. — If you have the urge to reach for your phone while driving, you might think again after seeing a real–life simulation of what could happen. Lake Park–Audubon High School National Honor Society students put on a mock crash with first responders to show the consequences of distracted driving. One student, Allison Rohweller, says she was in a…

Police Officers Ride School Bus to Curb Distracted Driving in Moorhead

Over a four hour stretch, Moorhead Police made 75 traffic stops, 27 of which were for texting and driving

MOORHEAD, Minn. — As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, several police officers from the Moorhead Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota State Highway Patrol could look down and see people plugging away on their phones. “What we have today are nine chase vehicles along 8th Street, and we’re looking for those violations on the bus calling to…

North Dakota, Minnesota Law Enforcement Begin Distracted Driving Campaign

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and troopers want to enhance safety on the highways.

  REGIONAL — Troopers and other officers will be saturating North Dakota and Minnesota starting tomorrow. Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and troopers want to enhance safety on the highways. They will focus on I-94 and Highway 2 in North Dakota. Their border-to-border enforcement effort is in conjunction with the Montana Highway…

Woman Arrested After Crash Near Jamestown

Leaan was not injured in the crash

JAMESTOWN, ND — The woman involved in a rollover crash in Jamestown has been arrested. Jana Leean, 20, is in custody for suspicion of DUI after she called 911 Saturday morning and reported she had hit a parked vehicle and rolled her car. She allegedly told police she was reading a text message on her phone, which was laying on…

Fergus Falls Construction Worker Critically Injured in Possible Distracted Driving Crash

Authorities say the worker is a sign holder and was with a crew doing street work when she was hit by the vehicle

  EAST BETHEL, Minn. — A Fergus Falls construction worker is in grave condition after being hit by a car while working on the job in East Bethel. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says the worker, a 33-year-old woman from Fergus Falls, was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center after being hit by a car being driven by a 19-year-old…

New Laws For North Dakota Drivers Starting August 1st

North Dakota Will Be Enforcing Two New Driving Laws Starting August 1st, 2017

FARGO, ND — Changing the song on your phone or not having your child under eight in a car seat could land you a fine in North Dakota. North Dakota drivers should be aware of two new laws starting August 1st when they hit the road. If someone has a child under the age of eight and they are not…