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Officers to crack down on distracted driving in April

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Friday through Sunday, April 11-20 will be specially targeted dates for distracted drivers in Minnesota.

Extra patrols including troopers, deputies and city police officers will rally for 10 days to curb the distracted driver and the resulting crashes in an enforcement effort. This project will last several more days than last year’s similar efforts by officers.

Distracted driving remains one of the top driving concerns for traffic safety officials in Minnesota. Texting is an issue with drivers of all ages and will be a strong focus during this enforcement project. Current state law prohibits everyone from texting while driving.

Regional public information officer Sgt. Jesse Grabow said, “We have to continue working together to create a traffic safety culture in Minnesota, and one way to do that is to get everyone to take personal responsibility for their own actions behind the wheel.”

These special enforcement and education efforts are components of the state’s Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative.

A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior.

TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes: education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.