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November 21, 2016

Cell Phones & Driving Accidents

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, each year 1 in 4 automobile crashes is due to distracted driving, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries.  Experts estimate the numbers are vastly underestimated and under-reported due to law enforcement’s challenge in determining distraction as a crash factor. It is illegal for drivers to read, compose, and/or send text messages or e-mails, or access the internet on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or part of traffic, including stopped in traffic or at a traffic light.  Minn. Stat. § 169.475 For teen drivers under...
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