Police expected to increase crack-down on distracted driving

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Many drivers can expect to see extra law enforcement throughout the state of Minnesota starting Thursday. Police will be on the look out for distracted driving, including texting, talking on the phone, reading, or anything else that takes a driver's attention off the road.

Distracted driving attributes to about one-quarter of vehicle crashes in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune, with over 200 deaths and nearly 26,000 injuries from 2008 to 2010.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roseke encourages drivers to shut their cell phones off and even suggested passengers do the same or offer to take phone calls for the driver, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Drivers will recieve a ticket if they are found speeding or weaving in and out of traffic, Roseke said, and a fine for driving without due care can cost between $100 and $125, according to the Pioneer Press.




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