Do you ever eat, drink or smoke while you are driving?
Do you ever talk on a cell phone while you’re driving?
How about sending or reading text messages or using your computer? Do you do any of those tasks while you’re behind the wheel?
Some may look back at 2009 and say, “Good riddance!”
The year brought a variety of perils for Douglas County – an economic downturn, job cuts, zebra mussels, the H1N1 flu outbreak, disruptive snowstorms, fatal motor vehicle crashes and a sharp division between city and county leaders over sharing law enforcement space.
Minnesota’s year-to-date traffic fatalities topped 300 over the weekend of September 19-20, putting the state on pace to have fewer traffic deaths than 2008, which had the lowest death count since 1945.
Although there are no apparent visibility problems at the Carlos Corners intersection and it contains flat stretches of road in all directions, it has been the scene of more than a few serious crashes and fatalities over the years.
On the morning of July 7, 9-year-old Katelyn Langner took her family’s 500cc Polaris Sportsman all-terrain-vehicle out of the shed.
She and her two young cousins planned to ride on their grandparents’ property near Garfield.
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