MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Governor Walz discusses security measures ahead of Biden’s inauguration

According to Walz, the FBI put out a bulletin calling attention to threats to the 50 capitals.

MINNESOTA – Governor Tim Walz discusses threats to the Minnesota State Capitol ahead of Inauguration Day. “Shame on this country if we try and normalize what’s happening here. Shame if we don’t hold those that made this situation accountable,” Governor Walz said. Following the riots that took place at the U.S Capitol and the possible threats to other cities, Governor…

14 Minnesota bars and restaurants caught violating Executive Order

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Department of Public Safety sent 14 warning letters to bars and restaurants caught violating Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-74. According to the Executive Order, bar and restaurant employees are required to wear masks, place tables more than six feet apart and serve to no more than 50 percent capacity. Between July 4 and July 13,…

WATCH LIVE: Department of Public Safety to discuss driver’s manual update on motorists with firearms

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is holding a news conference at 1:15 p.m. to inform drivers and law enforcement of an update to the driver’s manual that covers traffic stops. The update specifically provides information about what to expect when a driver has a firearm. The DPS will be joined by Valerie Castile, Philando Castile’s mother. Valerie…

Detroit Lakes Driver and Vehicle Services Exam Station to Open May 19

Class D road tests will begin being offered on May 26.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.–The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division is opening 16 exam stations on May 19. The exam stations are located in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Fairmont, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainard, Duluth, Grand Rapids and Bemidji. The remaining locations will continue to be closed to the public…

23 Charged with Violating Stay-at-Home Order

Violating an emergency order is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)–Twenty-three people have been charged with violating Minnesota’s stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. In many cases, law enforcement officers added the misdemeanor charge as a secondary offense to another crime. Violating an emergency order is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. Gov. Tim Walz began issuing…

Minnesota Department of Public Safety Cancels All Road Tests in March

Knowledge testing and driver's license applications are still available.

ST. PAUL–The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has canceled all driver’s tests scheduled from March 18 to March 27 over coronavirus concerns. This includes Class D, commercial driver’s license and motorcycle road tests. Anyone with appointments during this time will receive a cancellation notice by email or text. Knowledge testing and driver’s license applications are still available. The MDPS says…

4 of 8 Fire Deaths Linked to Smoking in 2020 in Minnesota

Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires in Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that four of eight fire deaths so far in 2020 are results of smoking-related incidents. State Fire Marshal Jim Smith is encouraging Minnesotans who smoke to follow simple safety tips for preventing fires. He says to smoke outside and extinguish cigarettes in a sturdy ashtray, avoid discarding cigarettes in potted plants,…

REAL ID Enforcement Date One Year from Today

A standard driver's license will not be accepted for federal use on October 1, 2020.

MINNESOTA–The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s full REAL ID enforcement date is one year from today. Effective October 1, 2020 anyone 18 years or older wanting to fly within the U.S. or enter a federal facility will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver’s license or ID, passport or another acceptable form of ID. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says…

100 Deadliest Days Results in 132 Lives Lost on Minnesota Roads

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day is known as the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads.

MINNESOTA–The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported more than half the traffic fatalities so far in 2019 occurred during the 100 deadliest days. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day is known as the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads. 132 traffic fatalities occurred during the summer, including a two-car crash that took six lives. The Department of Public Safety says…

Traffic Deaths Up 6% in 2018

The Department of Public Safety says 381 people died in crashes in 2018.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–State officials say traffic deaths in Minnesota increased 6% last year. The Department of Public Safety says 381 people died in crashes in 2018 with speed being the main factor in about a third of the fatalities. The agency’s Office of Traffic Safety says failing to wear seat belts resulted in 96 deaths, while 84 deaths were tied…