Local authorities join effort to curb distracted driving 17 Apr 12

In order to curb distracted driving – literally – Scott County law enforcement agencies will be taking part in a statewide effort.

Starting April 19, extra enforcement will be dedicated to reducing the amount of distracted drivers across the state. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 20 percent of all crashes are caused by distracted driving, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 injuries each year.

In Minnesota it’s illegal to read, compose or send texts and emails while you’re driving or a part of traffic; it’s also illegal to access the internet. Law enforcement agencies will be watching for distractions including reaching for items, messing with the radio, eating and drinking.