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7 numbers that will make you stop texting and driving

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About 25 percent of car crashes have been attributed to distracted driving between 2009 and 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Law enforcement is focusing on distracted driving enforcement from April 11-20 – nearly 400 Minnesota agencies will add extra patrols during those 10 days.

BY THE NUMBERS

-86,000 crashes attributed to distracted driving during 2009-13

-Distracted driving accounts for 25 percent of all crashes between 2009-13

-Distracted driving accounts for approximately 60 fatalities and 8,000 injuries on average each year

-Inattention was the contributing factor in 17,598 crashes (23 percent of all crashes), 68 fatalities and 8,038 injuries in 2013

STATE ‘NO TEXTING' LAW

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails and access the web on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic – including at a stoplight/stop sign or stopped in traffic. It also is illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

YEAR-TO-YEAR CITATIONS

Since enacting the law in August 2008, citations have increased each year.

2009 – 388

2010 – 847

2011 – 1,270

2012 – 1,718

2013 – 2,189

HELP VICTIM OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

If you would like to help Barry Lawrence offset the cost of the medical bills incurred after he was hit by a distracted driver, checks can be mailed to the following address:

Barry Lawrence Fund
Minnwest Bank
14820 Hwy 7
Minnetonka, MN, 55345

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